BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The local race to find a coronavirus cure is getting some help.

Nearly 40 Maryland companies and organizations have secured more than $3 billion to make a vaccine, including Gaithersburg-based Novavax, which was just awarded more than $1.5 billion through “Operation Warp Speed.”

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Another Maryland company, Emergent BioSolutions, has signed contracts with big companies like AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

This comes as the University of Maryland School of Medicine begins the third phase trial of a vaccine.

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CBS Baltimore Staff

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