Selected NIAID Science News Highlights of 2020

In 2020, NIAID and its global partners rapidly leveraged their scientific infrastructure and expertise to conduct critical basic, preclinical, and clinical research to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Although considerable challenges remain, scientists have made enormous strides this year in understanding, preventing, and treating COVID-19. Other research brought us closer to a new option for HIV prevention, a shorter treatment regimen for drug-susceptible tuberculosis, and a potential new eczema treatment, among many other advances. 

Ten selected science news highlights from 2020 are summarized below. All demonstrate how public investment in biomedical research drives scientific progress and benefits human health. 

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