(PUNE, India) — At the very least 5 individuals had been killed in a hearth that broke out Thursday at a constructing below development at Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine producer, officers mentioned. The corporate mentioned the blaze wouldn’t have an effect on manufacturing of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Murlidhar Mohol, mayor of Pune metropolis in southern Maharashtra state, mentioned 5 our bodies had been discovered within the rubble after the flames had been extinguished by firefighters.
Mahol mentioned the victims had been in all probability development staff. He mentioned the reason for the hearth had not been decided and the extent of harm was not instantly clear.
Serum Institue of India’s CEO, Adar Poonwala, mentioned he was “deeply saddened” by the lack of life.
He mentioned there can be no discount in vaccine manufacturing as a result of the corporate has different out there amenities.
The corporate mentioned the hearth was restricted to a brand new facility it’s establishing to extend the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines and guarantee it’s higher ready for future pandemics.
It mentioned the hearth didn’t have an effect on present amenities making COVID-19 vaccines or a stockpile of round 50 million doses.
Photographs confirmed big plumes of smoke billowing from the constructing and dozens of firm staff in lab fits leaving the compound as firefighters labored to extinguish the blaze.
Serum Institute of India is the world’s largest maker of vaccines and has been contracted to fabricate a billion doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford College vaccine.
Poonawalla mentioned in an interview with The Related Press final month that it hopes to extend manufacturing capability from 1.5 billion doses to 2.5 billion doses per 12 months by the top of 2021. The brand new facility is a part of the enlargement.
Of the greater than 12 billion coronavirus vaccine doses anticipated to be produced this 12 months, wealthy nations have already purchased about 9 billion, and lots of have choices to purchase much more. Consequently, Serum Institute is prone to make many of the vaccines that shall be utilized by growing nations.