President Joe Biden to visit Pfizer in Portage Thursday


US President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, February 11, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) — President Joe Biden is expected to visit Pfizer’s plant in Portage, where COVID-19 vaccines are being manufactured, this week.

This will be Biden’s first visit to Michigan as president.

A White House spokesperson tweeted Friday night that Biden would visit the plant Thursday, saying he would meet with employees.

It’s also not yet known who may accompany the president or whether Gov. Gretchen Whitmer may join him. She visited the Pfizer plant last week to see how the vaccines are being made.

Biden announced Thursday that the U.S. will secure 600 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine — both from Pfizer and Moderna — by July, enough vaccinate 300 million people.

Also Thursday, representatives from Pfizer told the Michigan Senate Committee on Health Policy and Human Services that the company expected to be able to fulfill its contract with the federal government for 200 million doses by the end of May, two months ahead of schedule.

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