U.S. President Joe Biden met with Pfizer Inc CEO Albert Bourla on Friday to discuss the country’s COVID-19 vaccine stockpile, estimated to be ready by Summer 2021.
The meeting took place in Michigan, the pharmaceutical company’s largest manufacturing facility in the United States, Reuters reports.
Bourla announced during the visit that he expects to more than double the approximately 5 million vaccine doses per week the company currently provides to the U.S. government.
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Bourla said it is possible to increase vaccine supply because of improvements in the manufacturing processes at the plant.
He also said that better lab testing methods and President Biden’s use of powers under the Defense Production Act could speed up production.
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He said that after touring the Pfizer plant, he was impressed at how fastidious the testing process is and how it takes less time to make the vaccine than to test it.