PUNE, India (AP) — A fireplace broke out Thursday at a building below development at Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine producer, however manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccine is not going to be affected, the corporate stated.
Firefighters had been extinguishing the flames, the hearth workplace in Pune metropolis in southern Maharashtra state stated. The trigger of the hearth and extent of injury weren’t instantly clear.
“We have rescued three people and there are no casualties,” stated fireplace official Prashant Ranpise, who was supervising rescue operations.
The firm stated the hearth was restricted to a brand new facility it’s developing to extend manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines and guarantee it’s higher ready for future pandemics.
It stated the hearth didn’t have an effect on present services making COVID-19 vaccines or a stockpile of round 50 million doses.
CEO Adar Poonwala stated there could be no loss in vaccine manufacturing as a result of the corporate has different accessible services.
“So far the most important thing is that there have been no lives lost or major injuries due to the fire, despite a few floors being destroyed,” Poonawalla stated.
Images confirmed big plumes of smoke billowing from the building as firefighters labored to extinguish the blaze. Dozens of firm staff in lab fits left the compound.
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 University vaccine.
Poonawalla stated in an interview with The Associated Press final month that it hopes to extend manufacturing capability from 1.5 billion doses to 2.5 billion doses per yr by the tip of 2021. The new facility is a component of the growth.
Of the greater than 12 billion coronavirus vaccine doses anticipated to be produced this yr, wealthy international locations have already purchased about 9 billion, and lots of have choices to purchase much more. As a outcome, Serum Institute is more likely to make most of the vaccines that will likely be utilized by creating nations.