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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection captures the urgency of the time; the collaborative nature of the responses; the medical treatment and research; systems of communication and technological innovation, and cultural and artistic expressions including data interpretation, and expressions of the care, fear and resilience demonstrated by people and communities. This collection reflects the immediacy of the initial wave of the pandemic in Australia though to the era of learning to live with the virus.

The Powerhouse is working in partnership with world-leading medical research institute, The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR), as it continues to build a collection responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the nation. The partnership will assist the Powerhouse to collect medical and scientific material related to the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, contact tracing research and technology, and stories from lead researchers and the patients with whom we are working.

The Powerhouse is continuing to acquire materials relating to the COVID-19 pandemic to document this global crisis for the nation, so check back into this collection set in the coming months.

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