President Joe Biden visited a Pfizer vaccine facility in Michigan Friday afternoon as the government says there will be enoughVaccine supply to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of July.
In Kalamazoo, Mr. Biden toured Pfizer’s manufacturing facility and met with workers who made the vaccine. Pfizer’s CEO said the company will soon more than double its COVID-19 vaccine production. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the President.
“I cannot give you a date when this crisis will end. But I can tell you that we are doing everything we can to reach that date sooner rather than later,” said Mr Biden in a speech at the plant.
The president beat up his predecessor, saying the previous administration had not bought enough vaccines or had no national plan to vaccinate Americans. There are roughly 1.7 million shots per day and Mr Biden said the country is well on track to exceed its target of 100 million shots in its first 100 days. The country has already roughly achieved this goal in the final days of the Trump administration.
Mr Biden spoke out in favor of the $ 2 trillion COVID-19 finance bill, which the Democrats are about to get passed. Part of these funds would be used to increase vaccinations and to support the opening of schools. The package would also include stimulus checks valued at $ 1,400.
“I am grateful that the Senate and House are moving fast. And I am ready to hear their arguments on how the package can be better and cheaper,” said Biden.
Right now, it doesn’t seem like Republicans will join the Democrats in backing the bill.
During the tour, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said he didn’t think a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine would be enough now that a single dose appears more effective than previously thought.
On the previous Friday, Mr Biden met virtually and with members of the G7. Mr Biden said he intended to visit Texas once it was not a “burden” and was signing an additional disaster statement to improve aid to the state.