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No major pharmaceutical company has come forward to say it would manufacture a vaccine for the novel coronavirus currently being developed by the National Institutes of Health, a reality that a top U.S. official called “very difficult and very frustrating,” STAT reports. The comments by Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, highlight how challenging it could be to translate NIH work, being undertaken in partnership with Moderna Therapeutics (MRNA), into a vaccine that could be marketed.

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