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21st Jan 2021

Fire breaks out at world’s largest Covid-19 vaccine production centre

According to reports, the vaccine has not been affected.

A fire has broken out at the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccine production centre in India.

The Serum Institute of India in New Delhi was subjected to a fire earlier today as a construction area of the building was seen to have smoke billowing from its structure.

The centre is the largest producer of the Covid-19 vaccine in the world, currently producing millions of doses of the vaccine created by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.

According to local reports, doses of the vaccine have not been affected by the blaze. Times of India reports that the site where the fire broke out is an under-construction building. “The vaccine and vaccine manufacturing plant are safe,” they said.

The Serum Institute is producing millions of doses of the vaccine for India and low-middle income countries including Nepal and Bangladesh. Researchers are also preparing to begin production of the Novavax Inc vaccine.

India launched their vaccine roll-out plan over the weekend. They plan to vaccinate 300 million people by July.

According to reports, at least 11 fire engines are currently attending the scene. The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed.

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