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Novartis shows how to make flu vaccine quickly

During the 2009 swine flu epidemic, vaccine manufacturers raced to produce a vaccine, yet by the time inoculations were ready months later, the pandemic had done most of its damage for the season.

But the next time a severe flu hits, doctors may be ready with a vaccine within days, thanks to pathbreaking work by researchers at the Cambridge campus of the drug giant Novartis­ that was published Wednesday.

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