Thomas Page and his team worked around the clock for seven months to create the key ingredients for two vaccines. They could not afford to shelter at home during the winter storm and a mismanaged power grid that hobbed Texas in mid-February. Their contribution was a worldwide effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic. They did not let the snow slow them down.
Even when thousands of homes and businesses in the vicinity lost power and water, the Fujifilm building did not. Yet, it was not designed to withstand days of single-digit temperatures. The water main had started to freeze, and the water pressure dropped significantly. Thomas Page said, “Our executives were taking turns shoveling snow. We were up for days just making sure everything was going to be okay.”
Through all these hard comings, the plant kept churning and fulfilling the mission envisioned by Texas A&M. The swine flu vaccine shortage during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic made the federal Department of Health and Human Services invest $400 million to establish three CIADMs. These were opened one each in Texas, North Carolina, and Maryland. This attempt has helped expand the country’s medical manufacturing capacity.