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South Korea drugmakers seek to scale next coronavirus mountain

Samsung and SK units among pack of companies working on vaccines and treatments

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is encouraging the country's pharmaceutical companies to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. (Photo courtesy of president's office) 

SEOUL -- President Moon Jae-in was upbeat in March when he visited Seegene's headquarters in Seoul. He applauded the drugmaker's researchers and employees for developing and producing the coronavirus test kits that had helped the country swiftly contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

"You are at the front line of fighting the virus... We were able to make achievements in controlling the epidemic because you took the first action by developing test kits quickly," Moon said. 

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