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A top Food and Drug Administration official says new drugs to treat patients already infected with the novel coronavirus, which has sparked outbreaks across multiple continents, will emerge much more quickly than vaccines to prevent infection, STAT reports. “The development of a vaccine is not going to prevent a pandemic here,” says Peter Marks, the director of the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. And he adds, getting a vaccine ready for pivotal testing is going to take more than just a few months.

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