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Novartis (NVS) is not seeing any disruption to its supply chain due to the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reports. The company has asked its staff in China to work from home until Feb. 10 while suspending business travel to and from Wuhan, the city where the coronavirus is believed to have emerged from a food market. Novartis chief executive Vas Narasimhan says the situation was developing very quickly and must be monitored, but for now he believes its business will emerge unscathed.

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