Huge fire breaks out at world’s biggest Covid vaccine factory in India

A HUGE fire has broken out at the site of the world's largest Covid-19 vaccine manufactuer in India.

Smoke was seen billowing from Serum Institute in India in the western city of Pune today.

The site is producing millions of doses of the Covishield Covid vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

Local reports have said the fire was sparked at a construction site at the institute.

A source at the institute has confirmed that the production of the Coronavirus jabs will not be affected, but the company has declined to comment.

It comes as:

  • Oxford Covid vaccine team are developing a new jab for mutant strains
  • The UK could get back to normality by May if vaccination rates double
  • Vaccine passports required for holidays are likely to be "unavoidable"
  • Storm Christoph has flooded a factory producing Oxford Covid vaccines

The institute has been manufacturing a vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca for the country.

The month Indian regulators approved two vaccines – Covishield, which is produced by the institute and Covaxin, which is made by Bharat Biotech, based in Hyderabad.

The company is also preparing to produce U.S vaccine Novavax Inc.

Staff were seen standing outside the building after they were evacuated.

Five fire engines rushed to the scene.

There has been no casualties announced and no information on how the fire started. 

The country had sent 2million doses to Bangladesh and one million to Nepal, as well as having plans to offer 20million doss to neighbouring countries in South Asia.

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