tv President Biden Delivers Remarks at Pfizer Plant in Kalamazoo Michigan CSPAN February 22, 2021 3:04am-3:42am EST
initiative. >> hello, everyone. it is a great honor to welcome you to and your team to kalamazoo michigan site. accomplished in 1948, our kalamazoo site is one of three manufacturing plants in the u.s. engaged in the manufacture of the bio tech vaccine. we've been working around the clock throughout the pandemic to ensure supply of critical hospital medicines as well as
the covid-19 vaccine. from hour one of this presidency and well before the elections, president biden has demonstrated an understanding of the emergency of this pandemic a deep concern and an unwaivering respect in this. as of february 17, we have supplied 40 million doses to the u.s. government and our shipment accuracy is 99.9%. of course, recognizing the urgency of vaccinating as many americans as quickly as possible. we are taking steps to further
accelerate our production. we have found a great ale in the biden administration, which is significantly aided our empltsd in a number of areas, including support for rated orders through the defense production pact. help in securing critical materials and equipment needed here to stand our manufacturing capacity and fulfill the u.s. orders. in addition, pfizer has been working to stand and -- expand and enhance our manufacturing capabilities to increase the number of doses we're able to frules globally we the end of 2021. as part of this expansion, we are adding a new formulation here, lipid production capabilities in both kalamazoo and at our site in connecticut
and -- at our site in mcpherson, kansas. in addition, we have engaged two u.s. contract manufactures and we are also bringing in new suppliers. we have improved our processes to double the cisse and -- size and increase yield and use method to reduce -- all of these efforts have allowed us to reduce our time lines from approximately 110 days from start to -- vial ready and we are now approaching a number of 0 days, which san almost 50% improvement. thanks to the support of the biden administration, over the
course of the next few weeks we expect to increase the number of doses received from the u.s. to the u.s. to more than double of that double starting from the next couple of weeks. we are on track to provide to the u.s. government a total of 120 million doses by the end of march and to reach 200 million doses released by the end of may. two months ahead of the original schedule of that milestone. of course today during this meeting, the president wants us to each additional way in which the administration could help us the delivery of the full 300 million doses. mr. president, the challenge is accept and would we will try to do our best.
we are also continually looking for ways to improve accessibility to the vaccine. this morning we announced we are raising the stability which stored for a total of two weeks at minus 20 degree celsius. a temperature more commonly found in freezers. this is in addition to the five days of stability between two and eight degree of celsius. if, based on this data, the f.d.a. grant us an update or license this new storage option would offer pharmacies and vaccine centers greater flexibility. of course all of this work will mean nothing if people are not willing to show up and roll up their sleeves to be vaccinated. that's why we applaud the biden administration's unwavering focus and strong effort to advance confidence, equitable
distribution of the vaccine and overall health the. looking ahead, i'm confident the vaccine partnership will grow even deeper over the next four years as we work to achieve more public health breakthroughs and this is because president biden understands the importance of moving at the speed of science. pfizer's participation, for example, in the cancer initiative is just one example of our shared commitment to understanding the discovery -- accelerating the discovery of medical breakthroughs. pfizer -- the health of our research organizations, mr. michael -- is the founding member of cancer moon shot and we all know of the president's deep personal involvement. his advocacy for cancer research
in the wake of his son buea -- beau's passing has made a real impact. the same sort of impact we hope to make, which is breakthroughs saves lives. once again, mr. president, i want to thank you for visiting our kalamazoo, michigan site and for all your support. and now, ladies and gentlemen, it is my great honor to introduce the president of the united states.
president biden: thank you very much. thank you not only for what you do for the credit you've given me that really don't deserve. this is a -- this is a case of life and death. we're talking about people's lives. i want you to know that once we beat covid, we're going to do everything we can to end cancer as we know it. i've asked dr. eric lander, a renowned harvard m.i.t. science to co-lead presidential council of advisors of science and technology and the office of science and technology policy. these white house office that bring together the country a top scientists and address our most pressing needs. they'll be part of the
administration's work to develop a research effort on cancer and other diseases just like there is for the defense department that develops the breakthroughs to protect our country. this administration is going to be decided -- guided by science, to save lives and to make lives better. that's what i wanted to come here, albert. thank you. and thank all the workers here in kalamazoo and i'm here to in this case my good friend governor whitmer. she has become a good and close friend. the governor's been on the front lines of this pandemic as well for a long time. she's doing an incredible job under very difficult circumstance and michigan is also fortunate to have my buddy gary peters as the u.s. senator. fwarpe is here. he's been a workhorse in making sure that we move through this funding to get things done.
he understands better than anyone it's about urgency so thank you, senator, for all you're doing. last week went to the national institute of health in bethesda, maryland. i met doctors and researchers who were critical of discovering the vaccine in record time. remember when we first started asking dr. fauci and others, it could take several years, maybe up to seven or eight years to finding a vaccine. it's a miracle of the minds we have around us and now a second america. to plus hundreds of millions of doses. came here because i want the american people to understand the extraordinary, extraordinary work that's being done undertaking the most difficult operational challenges this
nation has ever cheased. and -- faced and let me say that not enough that with find cures for americans. there needs to be a cure that the world is able to take part of because you can't build a wall high enough to people -- keep people out. experts, people have come in from different cities and states, experts in 3-d intelligence to ensure that every dose is properly crafted. experts ensuring a stirl environment so that each vial is safe and free of con tap nantz. all this is followed by inspection then careful packaging and labeling. we walked by a freezer for them that then keeps those doses
viable so they can be shipped. it's an incredibly complex process and at every step safety is the utmost priority. the whole thing takes team works, precision and around the clock focus. machinists operating some of the most advanced toling technology in the world. applying things that little less than a year ago were no more than theory. it takes partnership between all the community and uniforms. contributing to the vaccine effort. just over four weeks ago, america had no real plan to vaccine vaccination name famed to have enough vaccine. my principled december -- pled saysor, as hi mother would say
failed to establish enough sites for vaccinations and enough vaccines. we worked with manufacturers to buy more vaccines and to speed up delivery. albert referenced it earlier and i want to thank him for making it happen because we worked together. we're now on track to have enough vaccine supplied for all americans by the end of july. that doesn't mean it will be in all americans' arms but enough vaccine will be available by that time. these orders allow facilities like this one to plan ahead, accelerate their production schedules. here's what else we did. when we discovered that vaccine manufactures went prioritized when it came to securing and scrutinizing supplies they needed, we got them what they needed and re-- we also used defense production act to speed up the supply chain for key equipment, like field pumps and
filters. on our tour today, they showed me a critical piece of machinery they didn't have before. now they do. it's allowing them to ramp up production and as we increase supply, we're carrying out a clear plan to get shots into the arms of 300 million americans or more and i know people want confidence that it's safe. well, i just toured -- and it's worth being made -- it takes more time to do the check for safety than it does to make the vaccine. that's how fastidious they are. dr. fauci assured me the covid-19 voik were safe. that's why several weeks ago i went through the rigorous scientific review and why i took my shot publicly to demonstrate to the american people that i know and believe it's safe.
that's why vice president harris also received her shot publicly. we all know there's some hesitancy about taking this yankees vaccine and there's history in the country to having subjected certain communities to terrible medical abus in the past but one message to everyone in the country is this -- the vaccines are safe. please, for yourself, your family, your communities this country. take the vaccine when it's your turn and available. that's how to beat this pandemic and we're making progress. we deployed more vaccinators, people who put the vaccine in your arm. we're now making it possible for retired doctors and nurses to come back and administer these shots. we put over 800 vaccinators in the field. from the department of health and human services and personnel from the federal emergency
agency. fema, the defense department, national guard. we're lining up thousands of vaccinators because it's one thing to have the vaccine and it's very different to get net someone's arm. we're also creating more places for people to get vaccination named. we've provided $3 million to states, and trikes, to create hundreds of new vaccination centers and ramp up existing one. right here in michigan with governor whitmer, fema has supplied tense of millions of dollars. at the national guard to the expo center here in kalamazoo. the center in detroit to parking lots and churches across the sate sca state. we work with governors in california, texas, new york and more to come to set up mass vaccines sites and stadiums that will be open 24/7 and arenas and
community centers. on top of the federal government covering the full cost for the state' use of the national guard for pandemic efforts and you suggested i do that a while ago and we did it. we also sharmentstarmented shipping vaccines directly to thousands of local pharmacies across the country so eligible folks can get the covid covid shot like they would a flu shot. in michigan that's more than 240 pharmacies like rite aid and myers. and that's only the beginning. it's only been four weeks and for folks who aren't near a pharmacy or mass vaccine center, we're deploying mobile clinics that meet folks where they live. folks that don't have access to transportation to get the shots. we're also supplying vaccinings to federal community health
centers to reach those who were hit the hardest. blacks, latinos, namive americans and rural communities which have higher rates of covid infection and deaths than any other group. here in michigan, they're already partnering with community health centers serving more than 3,,000 patient in more than -- state. as gary talks ago, get to the people most in need and the people knost -- most dying from covid. important to ensure everyone is treated equally and those hardest hit get the care they deserve. we're at the point where we've seen the average number of people vaccinated nearly double from the week before i took office to about 1.7 million average per day getting shot. we're on track to surpass my
commitment. you may remember when i said in my first 100 days just before i was inaugurated -- which seems like 100 days, that we'd administer 100 million shots in my first 100 days. we're on the path to do that. we're averaging 1.7 million a day. soon we'll be at 50 million and i'm can. we'll exceed the number but that's just the floor. we have to keep going but despite the progress, we're still in the teeth of a pandemic. new strains are emerging. in a few day we'll cross 500,000 americans who will have died from covid-19. 500,000. that is almost 70,000 more than all the americans who died in world war ii over a four-year
period. tall sorrow, all the heartache, all the pain. while we wait for everyone to get vaccination named, we still need you to watch orr -- wash your hands, stay socially distanced and mask up to help save lives. that's why, with the authority i have as president, i signed an executive order, the only authority i have to require this, to require masking on all federal property, all molds of travel like planes, trains and buses. we've been calling on governors and mares and local officials, republicans and democrats, to institute mask mandates within their jurisdictions, just like governor whitmer has done here in michigan. look, know it's inconvenient but you're making a difference when you do it. everything we do matters. we need everyone to do their part for themselves, for their
loved ones and yes, for your country. it's a payment rotic duty. we need congress to pass my american rescue plan that deals with the immediate crisis, the urgency. now critics say my plan is too big, that it costs $1. trillion. that's too much. let me ask them, what would they have me cut? what happened they have me leave out? should we not invest $20 billion to vaccination name the nation? should we not invest $2 0 to extend unemployment insurance for the 11 million americans who are unemployed so they can get by? or they get back to work? should we not invest $50 billion to trunk.
oaf their own they're in that situation. how many people do you know that will go to bed tonight staring at the ceiling saying god, what is going to happen? what's happening to me? i'm losing my health insurance, what do i do? this is the united states of america, for god's sake. we invest in people who are in need. do we not invest $30 billion to help supreme a roof over their heads? you get the point. i'm glad the house and senate are moving quickly. i'm open to ideas on how to make
it better and cheaper but we have to make it clear who is hurt and who is hurt. my show that the republicans in congress listen to their constituents. according to the polls, there is overwhelming bipartisan support. the vast majority of the american people, more than 70% of the american people with all the polls y'all conducts, including a majority of republicans, want us to act and act big and quickly and support the plan. major economists, left, right, and center say we should focus on smart investments we can make now in jobs in our people to prevent long-term economic damage to our nation and to strengthen the economic competitiveness going forward. an also by the wall street form moody's estimates that if we pass my american rescue plan, the economy will create seven million jobs this year. in year. wiuff also been in constant
contact the with mares and governors, county officials, mares and governors, members of congress. both parties. i've met with them in my office. i've met with them on zoom. both parties in every state and guess what, they agree we have to act now. i good letter from more than 400 mares from bigging cities and small towns. they understand we're not going to get our economy back in shape and the millions of people back to work until we beat in virus. that's why the american rescue plan puts $160 billion into more testing and tracing. manufacturing and distribution and setting up vaccination sites. everything that's needed to get vaccines in the people's arms. it includes $4 billion for new manufacturing plants so we're ready to manufacture vaccines in
the future. we don't have to wait. i'm going close where what i said before. i'll always be straight before. i said in my inauguration i'll give it straight from the shoulder, as roosevelt said because the american people can take the truth. they can handle anything. i can't give you a date when in crisis will ends but i promise you you're -- we're doing everything possible to have that date come sooner rather than later and all of you mere are doing some of the most important work at this facility that can be done. i know this is personal but i walked in today and one of the people in this building walked up to me and said my father-in-law is dying from covid. i said can i call? he said no, he couldn't take a call. he said keep him in your
prayers, please. how many of you know somebody who who's the real trouble or has passed? how many people do you know woke up this morning and looked at an empty chair across the snarblee table? you've seen the effects of the virus on your community, your family but you're stepping up. you're saving lives. lives of your loved ones, your neighbors, your fellow americans. you're snowing ow how this town, this state, this country, takes care of our own, leaves nobody behind. we can do anythinging if we do it together. it's not going to be easy heers
to the end but wear going to beat this my god bless you, thank become bless our troops and thank you for all that you do. the thank you. president biden: bit of the math. getting the vaccine and having it available is not the same as putting it in someone's arms. this is going to be a continue rolling effort so we'll have -- we will have ordered much of what has been directed, over 600 million doses by the end of july. july 279th is the expected date. that could change. look what's happening with the weather now, for example. it's slowing up the distribution right now but i believe we'll be
approaching normalcy by the end of this year and god willing this christmas will be different than last but i can't make that commitment to you. forer other strains of the virus. we don't know what could happen in terms of production rates. things can change but we're doing everything the science has indicated we should do and people are stretching up to get everything done that has to be done. we're going to have debate about whether or not -- for example, i can't set nationally who gets in line when and first. that's a decision the state make. i can recommend. i can say what i've said like i'm the guy that said we should lower to 65 years of age. i think 35 states have done that or more. i think, for example, i think it's critically important to get our kids back to school. i think it's really important because of the psychological damage being done and the loss of time.
a kid loses a semester when they're in fifth grade, it means they're not just a semester behind, they may be a year and a half behind. all the difficulty. you were at that town meeting i had where that little girl was worried that maybe she was going to die. there's a lot -- i think it's important we get people back in school. there's a difference, for example, according to the science now between kids between the ages of 3 and probably 12 years old in terms of whether they can absorb and/or communicate the disease than it is for kids who are 15, 1, 17, 18 years old who congregate more together. it's harder in a high school than it is in a grammer school. we know certain things are necessary. social distancing, smaller class sizes, ventilation, testing and the possibility that staff,
whether it's the statue taking care of sanitary conditions in the school or simply -- you've heard me say this before -- bus drivers. to open the schools we need more buses and bus drivers. we can't put kids sit -- packed in a bus sitting next to one another. so we know the things have to be done. the determination of when we do that them will depend. obviously we have to depend on the doctors and nurses. the reason i bore with you that detail is to try to explain to the american people that this is a process but we know now the fundamental basic elements. the fundamental basic elements are that before you get the shot and after, if you get the shots, and after -- social distancing save lives. wearing masks saves lives. making sure that you wash your
hands with hot water saves lives. this is not hyperbole. this is not a political state. it's reality. the science has demonstrated. that we also know that it's one thing to have a vaccine available. the problem was how you get it into people's arms. there are not enough people to vaccination name. all great hospitals in this state and in my state, they can line up and give people -- but they can't possibly hand it will volume that is needed. so what do you do? you get more people qualified to give vaccinations. the quicker you can open up plays and people can come up and demon zrailt they're on the pecking order, they're ready for their shot and they're qualified, keeping placeses open 24/7 makes a lot of sense you be you need people to do it so we all know the basic things that have to happen. now. we also know that there are
things that intervene. things happen. weather. people get ill, people get confused. there are a lot of people who are unable. you've heard me say before -- my little granddaughter can use that cell phone of hers to do more in 12 seconds than i can do in an hour but a lot of people aren't able to. they say get online. they don't have the means to get online. they may not have the ability to got online and may not know how to do it. talk about most people are within five miles of a pharmacy. well, if you're living alone and you're a 68-year-old woman and in a minority neighborhood and there's no bus service you might as well be 500 miles away. that's why we're getting mobile advance to go out. so we know the kinds of things
this have to be -- that have to be done but there has never, ever been a logistical challenge as consequential as what we're trying to do but we're getting it done and as my mom would say, with the grace of god and the good will of neighbors we're going to save a bunch of lives. thank you very much. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021]