Fire breaks out at Serum Institute of India in Pune


A massive fire has broken out at the Serum Institute of India (SII) in Maharashtra’s Pune on Thursday. The blaze has been reported in a building at Terminal 1 which continued to rage at fourth and fifth floors of SEZ3 building, reports ANI.

As many as 10 fire tenders have been rushed to the spot. Police and local administration officials have also reached the site. According to several media reports quoting officials, vaccine production won’t be hit and vaccine storage unit is safe.

Adar Poonawalla’s Serum Institute of India is manufacturing Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covidshield vaccine against COVID-19 which is authorised for emergency use. The vaccine has been distributed across the country as a part of the longest vaccination drive in the world. It will also be distributed to the neighbouring countries. The company is ramping up the production of the vaccines every week.

(More details are still awaited)

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