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Feds make plans to speed new-disease response

The U.S. government proposed major changes Thursday to the way it works with companies to fight disease threats such as flu, including reform at the Food and Drug Administration and setting up centers to make vaccines quickly.

The report from the Health and Human Services Department said the U.S. ability to respond to new outbreaks is far too slow and it lays out a plan for helping researchers and biotechnology companies develop promising new drugs and vaccines. Get the full story »