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July 08, 2021

Rep. David Trone Tours Novavax Vaccine Facility in Gaithersburg

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July 8, 2021

Contact: Hannah Muldavin, Hannah.Muldavin@mail.house.gov 

Rep. David Trone Tours Novavax Vaccine Facility in Gaithersburg

Novavax Plans to Add 400 Jobs to Region over Next Four Years 

GAITHERSBURG, MD – Today, Representative David Trone (MD-06) toured Novavax, a biotechnology company in Gaithersburg, Maryland, to learn more about the company’s COVID-19 vaccine trials and their planned expansion that could add 400 jobs over the next four years to Montgomery County.

With phase 3 clinical trials showing promising results, including an efficacy rating of nearly 90 percent, the Novavax vaccine is planning to seek FDA approval soon. During his visit, Trone gave remarks about the importance of getting vaccinated and expressed his appreciation for the Novavax employees.

“The main reason we can all start getting back to normal is because of the incredible scientists like those here at Novavax,” said Congressman David Trone. “Understanding the work of the scientists and researchers here today and the planned expansion and addition of up to 400 good-paying jobs shows what incredible talent and opportunity we have here in Montgomery County.”

“Novavax appreciated the opportunity to update Congressman Trone on our progress and his time speaking with our employees, who are working tirelessly to advance our recombinant nanoparticle protein-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate,” said Stanley C Erck, President and CEO, Novavax. “We look forward to his ongoing support as we develop innovative vaccines that will help people in our district, across the country and around the world.”

The coronavirus has had a devastating impact throughout the world, with 4 million deaths worldwide and over 600,000 deaths in the United States. Since the vaccine was made readily available in Maryland, 75% of adults in the state have received at least one dose and the daily case rate has dropped to 1 in 100,000. 

Besides the company’s COVID-19 trials, Novavax produces vaccines for infectious diseases like seasonal influenza, Ebola, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Novavax’s vaccine technology uses special recombinant nanoparticles to address adaptations of infectious diseases. Novavax is currently in the process of expanding its corporate campus in Gaithersburg, citing that it could add 400 jobs over the next four years

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations, Veterans’ Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees in the 117th Congress and previously served on the Education and Labor and Foreign Affairs Committees. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the mental health and addiction crises, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

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