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Possible coronavirus vaccine by U.S. drugmaker ready for testing

Canadian labs among global scientists at work on coronavirus vaccine
WATCH: Canadian labs among global scientists at work on coronavirus vaccine

Drugmaker Moderna has shipped its first batch of a possible coronavirus vaccine for humans to government researchers for testing.

Shares of the biotech company soared early Tuesday, a day after the company said it sent vials to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for early-stage testing in the United States.

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More than 80,000 people have been infected globally from the viral outbreak that began late last year in China. A total of 35 cases have been reported in the United States.

More than 2,600 people have died from the virus in mainland China, including one U.S. citizen.

U.S. health official says COVID-19 vaccine should not be done in less than a year
U.S. health official says COVID-19 vaccine should not be done in less than a year

Shares of Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc. jumped nearly 16%, or $2.92, to $21.51 in premarket trading.

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The stock started trading in late 2018 and set an all-time high price of $29.79 last April, according to FactSet.