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President Biden to tour Pfizer facility where COVID vaccine is made

Posted at 5:24 AM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 07:02:45-05

PORTAGE, Mich. — President Joe Biden is making his first visit to Michigan since his election to tour the Pfizer vaccine-manufacturing facility in Portage.

The trip comes one day delayed as the president planned to visit Thursday, but postponed due to inclement weather in DC.

Temporary flight restrictions are in place at Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport for Thursday from 12-4:30pm.

The city of Portage is beaming with pride that President Biden is stepping foot right here today. This is the president’s second trip for White House business, his first was Wednesday to Wisconsin.

President Biden’s plan is to visit with workers inside this facility who are helping to produce the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Visiting these workers today is so timely because it comes days after the Biden administration announced their goal of making 400 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available by the end of May and 600 million doses of the vaccine available by the end of July.

This is more doses than the Biden administration has ever promised during this pandemic.

In a town hall earlier this week, Biden talked about when our world can start to potentially return to “normal” if we reach “herd immunity” with the COVID-19 vaccinations.

"A year from now I think there will be significantly fewer people having to wear a mask, having to socially distance. but we don’t know, so i don’t want to over promise anything here, I told you when i ran and when I got elected I will always level with you," Biden said.

Stay with FOX 17 for live coverage throughout the day on the President's visit to West Michigan.