The nominating institution Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center on the breakthrough:

Dr Yong-Zhen Zhang was the first to deposit the sequence of SARS-CoV2, the virus causing COVID-19, in a public repository. This catalysed the deposition of other sequences from other scientists. It was this early deposition of the sequence that made a difference when alerting the world about the current pandemic.

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