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Bourla Vows to Double Vaccine Production as Biden Visits Pfizer

COVID-19 Vaccination

Bourla promises to increase Pfizer vaccine output
Bourla promised to increase Pfizer vaccine output when he met with US President Joe Biden. Credit: Twitter/AlbertBourla

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.

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.

President Biden: “(We’re) doing everything possible”

The Biden administration is trying to accelerate the vaccination campaign as state governments ask for more doses.

So far, over 28 million Americans have been infected by COVID-19, while close to 500,000 have lost their lives, according to Johns Hopkins coronavirus resource center figures.

President Biden said he was confident he would distribute 100 million COVID-19 shots during his first 100 days in office.

Less than 15 percent of Americans have been vaccinated so far, while the daily numbers of infections and casualties continue to be alarming.

Biden said that the government is doing everything possible to end the coronavirus spread but said that any semblance of normalcy is still months away.

President Biden urges Americans to get vaccinated

The U.S. President urged Americans to get their inoculations, adding that the vaccine is safe.

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.

Pfizer has said it will provide the U.S. government with 100 million doses by the end of March and 100 million more by May.

The company has already provided 40 million doses to the U.S. government as of February 17, Bourla said.

Pfizer has not provided all doses promised to the EU

The U.S. pharmaceutical company has not yet provided all the doses promised to the European Union, EU officials told Reuters.

Specifically, as of Wednesday, it had not yet delivered to the European Union about 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses that were due in December.

This left the EU about one-third short of the supply it had expected from the U.S. pharmaceuticals manufacturer.

The EU has also faced vaccine delivery delays from British-Swedish AstraZeneca Plc and U.S. biotech Moderna Inc.

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