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US claims China trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research

US authorities warned healthcare and scientific researchers Wednesday that Chinese-backed hackers were attempting to steal research and intellectual property related to treatments and vaccines for COVID-19.

Organizations researching the disease were warned of "likely targeting and network compromise by the People's Republic of China," a statement from the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said.

"China's efforts to target these sectors pose a significant threat to our nations response to COVID-19," they said. -Agence France-Presse