A fire broke out today at an under construction facility of Serum Institute of India in Pune. It is unlikely to impact the Covishield vaccine making process as the fire broke out in a facility away from the place where the COVID-19 vaccines are made, sources said.
The Serum Institute, the “world’s largest maker of vaccines”, is producing millions of doses of the Covishield coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.
Manjari, the complex where the fire broke out, is a few minutes drive from the facility where the Covid vaccines are produced, the sources said. It is believed to be part of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ).
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A fire broke out today at the Serum Institute of India in Pune at a facility, which is under construction. It is unlikely to hit the production of Covishield, the coronavirus vaccine developed by the SII in partnership with the Oxford University and British-Swedish pharma firm AstraZeneca.
Massive efforts are on to put out the blaze, as per sources.
The Serum Institute of India, which prides itself as “the world’s largest vaccine maker”, is spread over 100 acres in Pune.
Manjari, the complex where the fire broke out, is a few minutes drive from the facility where the Covid vaccines are produced, sources said. It is believed to be part of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ).