Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister Simon Harris were in town recently to visit Pfizer Grangecastle and formally launch a new internship incentive scheme. They were accompanied by local T.D. Emer Higgins and Councillor Shirley O’Hara who attended a tour of the facility with them.
Speaking from the plant in Grange Castle An Tánaiste said, “The pharmaceutical industry is one of those industries that’s going to help us get out of the current economic recession that we’re in, and Pfizer Grangecastle is one of the places in Ireland where they’re helping to do some of the work on developing a Covid vaccine.”
Deputy Emer Higgins said, “It was great to get a tour of the Pfizer facility in Grangecastle and see first-hand the work that’s going on as Pfizer prepares to play it’s part in the global fight against Covid-19. Pfizer is already a leading expert when it comes to the production of many vaccines and I hope that someday soon we’ll see it play a role in producing a Covid-19 vaccine.”
Councillor Shirley O’Hara said it was really encouraging to hear Pfizer talk about plans for developing a potential Coronavirus vaccine. “Life hasn’t been the same for any of us since Covid-19 came to our shores. It’s really encouraging to hear pharma companies explain what they are currently doing to develop a vaccine and I wish them the very best in their trials.”