Some encouraging local news, gleaned a few minutes ago from watching a Sky News Business report from New York.
Pfizer will close six research and development sites and trim jobs in the United States and the United Kingdom, following the acquisition of drugs giant, Wyeth. However, Sandwich will continue as one of the company's five main R&D centres, down from twenty such units across the globe, which will reassure local people who were worried it might feature in the cuts.
While Pfizer may still further streamline its local operation, it very much sounds as if the future of the majority of people working for the company here in Thanet is secure. However, I should add that this is taken from the lunchtime news and a Reuters report and I haven't any more details at present.