PORTAGE, Mich. — President Joe Biden delivered remarks after touring the Pfizer facility where the COVID-19 vaccine is made in Portage, praising the company's workers for producing hundreds of millions of doses.
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"I came here because I want the American people to understand the extraordinary work being done to undertake the most difficult operational challenges this nation has ever faced," Biden said.
Biden says there will be enough vaccine supply for every American by the end of July.
During the tour, Biden got to see a new tool Pfizer has that is allowing them to ramp up production.
In regard to safety, the president says he saw it takes longer for Pfizer to check for safety than it does to make the vaccine itself.
The average number of people getting vaccinated is "nearly double" what it was before Biden took office, he said.
The U.S. is now averaging about 1.7 million vaccinations per day, and Biden says he's confident the nation will soon exceed 50 million per day.
"All of you here are doing some of the most important work in this facility, right here, that can be done," Biden said to Pfizer's manufacturing employees. "You see the devastation of this virus in your family, your community. But you're stepping up, you're saving lives."