President Joe Biden on Friday toured the Pfizer campus in Portage, outside Kalamazoo, stressing the importance of accelerating production and distribution of the coveted Covid vaccine.
“I can’t give you a date when this crisis will end. But I can tell you we're doing everything possible to have that day come sooner rather than later,” Biden said after the nationally televised tour, according to The Detroit News.
“Getting the vaccine and having it available is not the same as putting into someone’s arm," Biden said. “I believe we will be approaching normalcy by the end of the year. God willing, this Christmas will be different than the last. But I can’t make that commitment to you."
The push to get the vaccines out there comes as the number of Covid-related deaths in the U.S. approaches 500,000.
As of Wednesday, Pfizer had supplied 40 million vaccine doses to the U.S. government.