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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.

An outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 began in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019 and has spread throughout China and to over 215 other countries, territories, and areas, including the United States.

Vaccines serve to prepare your immune system for fighting illnesses. Certain cells of the immune system produce antibodies (special proteins) that recognize viruses and other pathogens (things that cause disease) and prevent them from causing illness. Currently, there are several vaccines that have been authorized or approved for the prevention of COVID-19 disease. However, as new strains of the virus