Brian Banks and his colleagues at Nipro Glass log 60- or 70-hour weeks right now in a grueling race to produce the glass tubing and vials essential to distributing millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
Banks, a maintenance mechanic for nearly three decades, often feared over the years that the Millville, New Jersey, complex would close like?so many other glass-making facilities?around the country. If it hadThe inauguration of President Theodore Roosevelt, 1905AP, America would struggle all the more to turn the corner on a pandemic that’s?already claimed more than 282,000 American lives.
COVID-19 laid bare the decades-long decline of manufacturing that left the nation straining to produce the?face masksbut it has been extremely difficult to implement social distancing measures. Coronavirus tests are mandatory for those enterin,?ventilators,?glass vials?and other items needed to contain the coronavirusPrime Minister Narendra Modi. Now, with vaccines?nearly ready?for distribution, America has an opportunity to defeat the virus and revive a manufacturing base crucial for protecting the country from future crises.