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Coronavirus: Association for Cancer Research cancels annual meeting in San Diego

The event was planned for April 24-29 in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO — Amid continued concerns about the coronavirus, more event cancellations and postponements were announced Tuesday, including the American Association for Cancer Research's annual meeting.

The event was planned for April 24-29 in San Diego.

"This evidence-based decision was made after a thorough review and discussion of all factors impacting the annual meeting, including the U.S. government's enforcement of restrictions on international travelers to enter the U.S.; the imposition of travel restrictions issued by U.S. government agencies, cancer centers, academic institutions and pharmaceutical and biotech companies; and the counsel of infectious disease experts," the cancer research organization said in a press release.

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"It is clear that all of these elements significantly affect the ability of delegates, speakers, presenters of proffered papers and exhibitors to participate fully in the annual meeting."

Meeting organizers anticipated more than 24,000 attendees from 80 countries and 500 exhibitors.

Additional information regarding hotel reservation cancellations, registration refunds and meeting logistics is available on the FAQ page of the AACR website.

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