BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The drug maker Moderna has shipped a potential 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.

Moderna Therapeutics lab in Norwood. (Image credit: CBS News)

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, including one in Massachusetts.

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

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Shares of Moderna Inc., based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, jumped nearly 16% in premarket trading.

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

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