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A new organization that is aiming to better prepare the world to respond to emerging infectious disease outbreaks has set its sights on its first targets.

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations announced Wednesday it will fund research to develop vaccines against three animal viruses with the potential to cause large outbreaks in people — the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS, the Nipah virus, and the virus that causes Lassa fever.

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