July 21, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

BioNTech Expands Cell Therapy Operations into Montgomery County

BioNTech, the German-based company responsible for the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, will expand its operations to Montgomery County and acquire a Gaithersburg manufacturing facility and cell therapy R&D platform from Kite, a unit of Gilead Sciences. This expansion will support the development of BioNTech’s expanding pipeline of novel cell therapies. The company recently rose to international […]

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July 16, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County Fair Returns in August With Rides, Animals, and Vaccines

The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair returns to Gaithersburg for its 72nd year of operation on Aug. 13 through Aug. 21. A Montgomery County tradition, the fair attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year. Last year, because of the coronavirus, the fair was canceled. So guests didn’t get to enjoy carnival rides, farm animals, and chocolate […]

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July 8, 2021 | Michelle Queen

Baltimore City Resident Wins VaxCash $400,000 Grand Prize

A Baltimore City resident was the big winner in the July 4 VaxCash Maryland Lottery drawing. The man was randomly selected from more than 3.2 million people to receive the $400,000 grand prize in Maryland’s $2 million lottery VaxCash Promotion. The promotion, announced by Governor Larry Hogan on May 20, was an effort by the […]

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July 8, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

Rep. David Trone Tours Novavax in Gaithersburg

Rep. David Trone (MD-06) toured Novavax, a biotechnology company in Gaithersburg this morning to learn more about the company’s vaccine trials and planned expansion. The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine is currently in phase 3 of clinical trials, showing an efficacy rating of nearly 90%. The company plans to seek FDA approval soon. During his visit, Trone […]

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July 8, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan Announces Scholarship Lottery for Young Vaccinated Marylanders

Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Wednesday another incentive to get the COVID-19 vaccine into young Marylanders. The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) and the Maryland Department of Health have formed a partnership to give away $1 million in college scholarships to 20 vaccinated Marylanders ages 12 through 17. The initiative, called the VaxU Scholarship Promotion, […]

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July 6, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

Maryland Says 100% of COVID Deaths in June Were Unvaccinated Individuals

100% of COVID-19-related deaths in Maryland during the month of June occurred in individuals that were unvaccinated, according to Michael Ricci, communications director for Gov. Larry Hogan.  Ricci also reported that 95% of new cases of COVID-19 and 93% of hospitalizations in Maryland occurred in individuals that were unvaccinated. Important information about the difference in […]

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July 2, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County’s Mass Vaccination Site Closing: ‘Maryland is Squarely on the Road to Recovery’

After about three months of operation, Montgomery County’s only COVID-19 mass vaccination site is closing Friday. “Thanks to your tireless work, new cases are on a downward trend and we are beginning to open back up and Maryland is squarely on the road to recovery,” said Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Dr. Earl Stoddard […]

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June 29, 2021 | Gracie Tanner

County to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for MCPS Students Wednesday

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is hosting a free vaccination clinic for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) students on Wednesday, June 30 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Montgomery Blair High School. The clinic will offer the Pfizer vaccine. The county is restricting initial access to appointments to MCPS families. […]

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June 29, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Councilmember Rice: ‘Trust The Vaccine. Please Get It.’

Not only are the number of new coronavirus cases dropping steeply among Montgomery County residents, the vaccines are showing they are effective. Ninety seven percent of the recent cases in Maryland are arising in unvaccinated people, according to Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles Also, Gayles noted that 89% of hospitalizations and deaths related […]

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June 15, 2021 | Michelle Queen

Silver Spring VaxCash $40,000 Winner: ‘I Believe in Vaccines’

Silver Spring resident Marnobia Alegria Juarez was the $40,000 winner in the June 1 VaxCash drawing. She and her mother traveled to the Lottery headquarters in Baltimore June 11 to claim the prize, according to the Maryland Lottery. Alegria Juarez was vaccinated in February while living in Prince George’s County. She works in a daycare […]

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