Huge fire breaks out at world’s biggest coronavirus vaccine facility

A huge fire broke out at the site of the world’s largest manufacturer of coronavirus vaccines.

Clouds of smoke can be seen today from the Serum Institute of India (SII).

Millions of doses of the Covidshield vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University are manufactured at the plant in Pune, India.

A source from the institute said it will not affect production of the vaccine, reported metro.

Local media has suggested the fire was on a construction site at the facility that extends over 100 acres.

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According to reports, the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Adar Poonawalla, CEO and Owner of SII, said on Twitter: “Thank you everyone for your concerns and prayers.

“So far, the most important thing has been that despite the destruction of some floors, no human lives or serious injuries have been caused by the fire.”

Local media has suggested the fire was on a construction site at the large facility. It is not yet known whether there have been any victims

SII makes a vaccine designed for India and other low and middle income countries.

The company is also preparing to manufacture a vaccine being developed by the US company Novavax Inc.

India started a major vaccine rollout on Saturday with the goal of vaccinating 300 million people by July.

The country exported its first batch of the Covishield vaccine to Bhutan and the Maldives on Wednesday, Metro said.

It also sent 2 million cans to Bangladesh and 1 million to Nepal.

India plans to offer 20 million cans to neighboring countries in South Asia, followed by Latin America, Africa and Central Asia.


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