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World’s largest vaccine manufacturer in India blaze: local media | News on the coronavirus pandemic

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A fire broke out at the Serum Institute of India, according to local media, adding that the production of the coronavirus vaccine has not been affected.

A large fire has broken out at a plant under construction for the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine maker, but it will not affect the production of coronavirus vaccines, a source close to of the society.

SII manufactures millions of doses of a vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca for India and many other low and middle income countries.

The company is also preparing to produce a vaccine under development by the US company Novavax Inc.

TV channels showed a huge cloud of gray smoke over the Pune site in Maharashtra state in western India.

Reports said the fire was at a construction site in the large facility. The Pune Fire Department told Reuters news agency that five fire trucks had been dispatched to the site.

There was no immediate information on the victims, nor on the cause of the fire.

An SII representative did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.



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