From: Jordan Fabian
Date: July 20, 2017 at 15:56:44 EDT
Subject: In-town pool report #5a - Color from glass demonstration
President Trump announced in the Roosevelt Room that Merck, Pfizer and Corning have created a new partnership to manufacture glass packaging for medication in the U.S.
POTUS stood in front of the fireplace in the room, beneath the portrait of Teddy Roosevelt. On one side, he was flanked by pharmaceutical industry executives, HHS Sec. Tom Price, and White House aide Reed Cordish, and on the other, a laboratory-type display of the new glass products.
“This is what we call ‘Made in America,’” Trump said, congratulating the executives on their announcement. “We’re continuing our celebration of American manufacturing — and American manufacturing, and it’s been something very important to us. Made in the USA, made in America.”
POTUS took a measure of credit for the companies’ decision.
“I know they wouldn’t have done it under another administration, I feel confident,” he said.
He said companies are committing $500 million to the venture off the bat, which will help create 1,000 jobs across plants in NY, NJ and the southeastern U.S. Eventually, he said the venture would amount to $4 billion. The packaging will help deliver injectable drugs, vials, and cartridges.
POTUS said the packaging would expand access to safer medication and vaccines and that healthcare workers would worry less about “vial breaking, which I understand is a tremendous problem that we’re not going to have anymore.” (More on that later).
He suggested that Price and the FDA would be making an announcement related to the products “over the next two months.”
“Every day, we’re fighting to bring back our jobs, to restore our industry, and to put America first — or as you’ve heard, make America great again — that’s exactly what we’re doing,” POTUS said. “Some people have head that expression, it’s been fairly well used I think.”
POTUS spoke for just over four minutes.
Merck CEO Ken Frazier, Pfizer CEO Ian Reed, and Corning CEO Wendell Weeks took turns speaking next.
As Weeks concluded his remarks, he invited POTUS to join him at the display for a demonstration. “Sometimes I think it’s better to show than to tell,” he said.
The display compared a conventional pharmaceutical glass vial to Corning’s Valor Glass product, to show the latter was very difficult to break. Each product was in its own vise-like contraption, which was controlled by a lever.
POTUS pulled the first lever and the conventional product broke quite easily. “Pretty strong,” POTUS said. “You ain’t seen strong yet,” Weeks replied, prompting a roar of laughter from the execs.
Weeks told POTUS to do the same thing with the Valor Glass but encouraged him to not “be afraid to lean into it.”
A grimacing POTUS pulled down the lever using both hands, prompting Weeks to joke, “really, come on, it’s not a test of manhood.”
The vial did not break, despite POTUS’ best efforts. “Whoa,” Weeks exclaimed. The participants began applauding and POTUS looked up and smiled in each direction.
A television display showed POTUS exerted about ten times as much force on the Valor Glass than he did the conventional glass.
“The important thing is, that Valor Glass vial is still intact and protecting the vial ingredients inside,” Weeks said.
Weeks informed the president that the 1,000 pounds of pressure he exerted was about equal to a punch from a professional boxer.
“People never knew that about me,” POTUS joked.
“Some of us knew,” an unidentified man quipped in response.
POTUS then congratulated the execs again, shook their hands and the event wrapped up.
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