March 2, 2020 / 4:06 PM / a month ago

Pharmaceutical firms asked to speed up coronavirus vaccine work: Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that his administration has asked pharmaceutical companies to accelerate work on the development of a coronavirus vaccine, but provided no details.

Top U.S. health officials have said that a vaccine for the virus, which has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide, is up to 18 months away.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Makini Brice

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