Serum Institute fire: Vaccine supply won’t be affected, says CEO Adar Poonawalla

NEW DELHI: The supply of Covid-19 will not be affected due to the fire at Serum Institute of India‘s (SII) Pune facility, confirmed SII CEO Adar Poonawalla on Friday.
Five persons died in a major fire that broke out at the SII’s vaccine manufacturing plant at Manjari in Pune around 2.40pm on Thursday. The SII had also announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakhs to the families of the people who lost their lives.
“No actual vaccine was actually being produced there, so there was no damage to any vaccine,” Mr Poonawalla said, addressing a joint press conference with Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Poonawalla said the other facilities involved in the production of Rotavirus and BCG vaccines were damaged with the financial losses pegged at over Rs 1,000 crore.
Addressing a press conference after visiting the site of the fire, the Maharashtra CM, “I am informed by Adar and Cyrus that Covid vaccine is manufactured at distance from the fire site.”
When asked about the possibility of negligence, Thackeray said whether the fire at the SII facility was an accident or sabotage will be known only after the probe gets over.
“Unless the investigation report comes in, there can not be any conclusion about it,” he said.
Serum Institute of India is manufacturing Covid-19 vaccine Covishield in partnership with Oxford-AstraZeneca in India.

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