US Researchers Working Toward Universal Coronavirus Vaccine
The SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has the federal government working not only on a vaccine candidate specifically targeted at the novel coronavirus but also thinking more broadly about ways to head off future potential pandemics with emerging pathogens.
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