A fire has broken out at a construction site at the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer. The stockpile of COVID-19 vaccines at the institute is not immediately under threat.
Indian officials reported the fire, according to the Associated Press. Images show black smoke billowing from buildings as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze in Pune City, India on Thursday, January 21.
The fire reportedly broke out at 2.45pm (local time) on two floors of the building, according to The Independent.
The Serum Institute of India is expected to make 1-billion doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccines which will mostly be distributed to developing countries such as South Africa and India.
Fire breaks out at Terminal 1 of the Pune-based Serum Institute of India, which is world’s largest Vaccine producer. 10 fire tenders on the spot.
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