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Fire at world’s largest vaccine producer kills five

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Five people have been killed in a fire at the site of the world's largest vaccine producer in western India.

The blaze started at a building which was still under construction at the Serum Institute of India's facilities in Pune on Thursday afternoon.

Footage showed thick plumes of smoke billowing from a building on the company's sprawling site.

The company said vaccine production would not be affected. The cause of the fire has not been identified.

he fire was later brought under control, but the city's mayor confirmed that five people had died.

"We have just received some distressing updates; upon further investigation we have learnt that there has unfortunately been some loss of life at the incident," the Serum Institute's CEO, Adar Poonawalla, said in a tweet.

"We are deeply saddened and offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the departed."

Mr Poonawalla said there would be no impact on the production of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, known locally as Covishield, "due to multiple production buildings that I had kept in reserve to deal with such contingencies".


Workers stand outside the site of a deadly fire at the Serum Institute of India's facility in Pune

  Comments - 13

  • Nimal Friday, 22 January 2021 12:37 AM

    How can we trust the vaccines produced here ?

    Dally Friday, 22 January 2021 06:16 AM

    Trust the Kalli Amma penniya, its more safer.

    H. Vithanage Friday, 22 January 2021 05:04 AM

    This kind of kncidents are quite normal in India.

    Selvakumar Friday, 22 January 2021 05:10 AM

    Vaccine don't have side effect, but how's it happened ??

    Ama Friday, 22 January 2021 05:50 AM

    Very sad.

    Selvakumar Friday, 22 January 2021 06:42 AM

    India have always problems !!!

    Selvakumar Friday, 22 January 2021 06:42 AM

    India have always problems !!!

    Thor Friday, 22 January 2021 07:00 AM

    Did 'Pani' Bandara have a hand in it?

    Lokka Friday, 22 January 2021 08:06 AM

    Not only that ,we still import all our drugs and pack them here. No manufacturing! Island like no other!!

    Sambo Friday, 22 January 2021 08:08 AM

    Please educate us on this virus. Was it a man made concoction like a computer virus. They create a computer virus and sells the antivirus as well.

    Kumar Friday, 22 January 2021 02:14 PM

    Some anti national, anti humanist doesnt want India to prosper and lead in the vaccine manufacturing !!! However covin vaccine manufacturing units and storage is safe and far from the fire site.

    Revenge Friday, 22 January 2021 06:01 PM

    Corona virus strikes back knowing well vaccine is produced here.

    Ranjith Friday, 22 January 2021 06:34 PM

    Despite all the anti propaganda against India according to a world survey taken in 2020 India is the fifth largest economy in the world far ahead of Sri Lanka who stand at 54.

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