President Joe Biden toured the Pfizer plant in Portage where he met with the scientists behind the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 19.
The visit was originally planned for Thursday, Feb.18 but was postponed due to inclement weather.
Many supporters cheered and waved for the president’s motorcade as it drove down Portage Road from the airport to the Pfizer plant.
“I came here because I want the American people to understand the extraordinary, extraordinary work that is being done to undertake the most difficult operational challenges this nation has ever faced,” Biden said during his speech at Pfizer.
This visit coincides with the president’s goal of administering 100 million vaccine doses in his first 100 days in office, which the U.S. is on track to surpass, Biden said.
“The vaccines are safe,” Biden said. “Please, for yourself, your family, your community, this county. Take the vaccine when it's your turn and available. That’s how to beat this pandemic.”
On the tour, Biden said he met with experts who are ensuring every dose and vile of the vaccine is properly crafted and safe from contaminants.
“All of this is followed by an extensive safety and quality control inspection, then careful packaging and labeling,” Biden said. “We walked by a freezer farm that then keeps those doses viable, so they can be shipped. It’s an incredibly complex process. And at every stop, safety is the utmost priority.”
Biden also said the U.S. is now on track to have enough vaccine supplies for all Americans by the end of July.
“That doesn’t mean it will be in all of America’s arms, but enough vaccines will be available by that time,” Biden said.
He added that around 1.7 million people on average are vaccinated per day, which is almost double from the week before he took office.
“While we wait for everyone to get vaccinated, we still need you to wash your hands, stay socially distanced, and mask up to help save lives,” Biden said.
Biden added while he believes the U.S. will be approaching normalcy by the end of this year, he can’t make that promise.
“There are other strains of the virus, we don’t know what could happen in terms of production rates, things can change,” he explained. “But, we’re doing everything the science is indicating we should do, and people are stepping up to get everything done that has to be done.”