MICHIGAN (February 19, 2021)—today President Joe Biden to visit the Pfizer manufacturing plant, but it is unclear whether the president will announce any new policy or plan during the trip.
Biden’s first trip to Michigan after the 2020 Presidential Campaign. He intends to tour the facility where millions of doses have already been produced daily.
Biden continues to call on Congress to pass his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 plan that includes additional funding for vaccinations along with $1,400 stimulus checks for people who earn below a certain income threshold. The plan will also provide billions to support states who have lost revenue due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown.
The southwestern Michigan plant, located just south of Kalamazoo, is the company’s biggest manufacturing site, comprising 1,300 acres. It is where the company finishes producing its COVID-19 vaccines, fills the vials and prepares them for shipment.
Pfizer, which is headquartered in New York, invested more than $150 million in capital to advance its COVID-19 vaccine program at the site and hired 400 additional workers for the plant whose jobs are focused on coronavirus vaccine production, inspection and packaging.
Chaz Calitri, the company’s vice president of sterile injectables, told the Free Press in an interview in 2020 that the $150 million investment was used to build high-speed vial-filling lines at the plant to allow Pfizer to mass-produce the vaccines.
“We’re going fast and furious to scale up,” Calitri said. “We have depth of technical knowledge and experience here, which is one of the reasons why Kalamazoo is one of the key manufacturing sites.”