WASHINGTON—Chinese hackers are targeting American universities, pharmaceutical and other wellness-treatment companies in a bid to steal intellectual residence similar to coronavirus treatments and vaccines and the intrusions may be jeopardizing progress on health care research, U.S. officials reported in an warn Wednesday.

The warn came as U.S. officials cost that China and Iran given that at the very least Jan. 3 have waged cyberattacks towards American companies and establishments that are performing to locate a vaccine for Covid-19, the sickness brought on by the coronavirus,…