Top 10 international science stories of 2020

By Wang Yiming
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From the rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines to DeepMind's new AI solution AlphaFold, here is a round-up of some of the most important scientific advances of 2020.

# Record-breaking COVID-19 vaccine development

A worker in the food processing industry receives a COVID-19 jab at an inoculation site in Beijing's Chaoyang District, Jan. 5, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

As of Dec. 29, 2020, there were more than 200 vaccine candidates (60 in clinical and 172 in preclinical development) under development around the globe, according to the World Health Organization.

A team led by Dr. Kathrin Jansen, head of vaccine research at U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer, delivered a clinically validated vaccine in record time. Meanwhile, an adenovirus vector vaccine developed by a research team led by Chen Wei, an academician with the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a researcher at the Institute of Military Medicine under the Academy of Military Sciences, was the first COVID-19 vaccine in the world to enter phase 2 clinical trials, bringing much hope to the world.

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