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The first 12 months of COVID-19: a timeline of immunological insights

Since the initial reports of a cluster of pneumonia cases of unidentified origin in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, the novel coronavirus that causes this disease – SARS-CoV-2 – has spread throughout the world, igniting the twenty-first century’s deadliest pandemic.

Over the past 12 months, a dizzying array of information has emerged from numerous laboratories, covering everything from the putative origin of SARS-CoV-2  to the development of numerous candidate vaccines. Many immunologists quickly pivoted from their existing research to focus on COVID-19 and, owing to this unprecedented convergence of efforts on one viral infection, a remarkable body of work has been produced and disseminated, through both preprint servers and peer-reviewed journals. In this article the authors take readers through the timeline of key discoveries during the first year of the pandemic, which showcases the extraordinary leaps in our understanding of the immune response to SARS-CoV-2  and highlights gaps in our knowledge as well as areas for future investigations.

Carvalho, T., Krammer, F. & Iwasaki, A. The first 12 months of COVID-19: a timeline of immunological insights. Nat Rev Immunol (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41577-021-00522-1