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“Rather than have patients being sick around the emergency room, it would be wiser to have them outside,” Mrs. Sebelius said.

She also said the federal government has roughly 6,500 commissioned corpsmen in Washington, D.C., and four other sites across the country who will redirect resources if hospitals reach capacity.

Mrs. Sebelius acknowledged the need to look at out how pharmaceutical companies develop vaccines.

“Everybody is trying to get a much faster growing technique,” she said.