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Audio long-read: How drugmakers can be better prepared for the next pandemic

The race for antiviral drugs to beat COVID — and the next pandemic, read by Benjamin Thompson

Despite warnings, and a number of close calls, drugmakers failed to develop and stockpile drugs to fight a viral pandemic. Now, in the wake of SARS-CoV-2, they are pledging not to make the same mistake again.

Around the world, researchers are racing to develop drugs to target COVID-19, but also broad-spectrum antivirals that could be used to treat future viral threats.

This is an audio version of our feature: The race for antiviral drugs to beat COVID — and the next pandemic

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-021-01047-2

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