FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The biopharmaceutical company MedImmune is opening a second manufacturing plant in Frederick.

Frederick city and county officials joined the company in celebrating the official opening Friday.

The new plant will expand production capacity for products including Synagis, a drug that prevents a respiratory virus
infection in high-risk children.

Gaithersburg-based MedImmune says it employs about 250 people in Frederick and expects to add more.

The company is a subsidiary of London-based AstraZeneca PLC.

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