2/22/21 – Pres. Biden visited Pfizer in Portage

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President Joe Biden visited the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing plant in Portage, Michigan, on Friday to oversee what efforts are being enacted to ramp up production.

He said he can’t give an exact date when life will return to normal.  There needs to be consideration of the new variant of the virus and how that could impact us.   “I can’t give you a date when this crisis will end, but I can tell you we’re doing everything possible to have that day come sooner rather than later,” President Biden said, insisting he remains hopeful that things will change for the better by the end of the year. “God willing, this Christmas will be different than last.”

Following his tour of a Pfizer facility , President Joe Biden held a briefing. He pledged his administration will follow science to end the pandemic, touted his administration’s rollout and said he believed — at this point — the nation is on track to getting 600-million COVID 19 vaccines by the end of July.  President Biden clarified getting the vaccine and actually administering it are two different things. He said there may be factors out of his control in that plan.

COVID-19 has infected over 28.1 million Americans and, in the U.S., killed nearly half a million people, reports  Johns Hopkins University.

The death toll currently stands at over 498,800.

(Mlive) – After accompanying President Joe Biden on a tour of the Pfizer vaccine plant in Portage, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters said getting the vaccine into rural areas will be an important step for Michigan and the nation.

He is advocating for mobile vaccine stations to reach people who might not be able to make it to centers.

Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, spoke about the issue with media in a Zoom call following the president’s visit to Pfizer. Peters and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were among a group that joined the president.

Peters mentioned using trucks and vans to reach smaller communities and rural areas.

He also talked about the ability of Pfizer, Moderna and other vaccine makers to provide vaccine doses to other countries.

He said it’s important to get coronavirus vaccines around the globe, in part, to help prevent variant strains from taking hold.

Peters said the president’s visit to Pfizer helped showcase the talents of Michigan science and industry.