At least 5 people have died in a fire incident that occurred at the production plant inside Terminal Gate No. 1 of Serum Institute of India later on January 21, 2021. The building where this fire incident has occurred is located in the Manjri area of Pune, Mahrashtra.
The manufacturing unit remained unaffected. So, the vaccine production will continue as before. At least 5 people have died in the incident while others trapped in the building have been rescued by the relief and rescue workers.
“We have just received some distressing updates; upon further investigation, we have learnt that there has unfortunately been some loss of life at the incident. We are deeply saddened and offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the departed,” Serum CEO Adar Poonawalla Tweeted.
The Serum Institute of India has announced to give Rs. 25 for the families of each of the 5 contractual lebourers who have died in this fire incident.
Soon after the fire incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the untimely death of the lebourers.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray’s office said that he was in touch with the Pune Municipal Commissioner for updates from the site.
CM Thackeray had instructed the state administration to coordinate and ensure that the situation is under control, according to the statement.
“Manjari facility is being built for any pandemic in future so vaccines can be developed in a short span of time. Packaging will also happen at the facility,” Umesh Shirsavkar, Deputy Director, SII, told NDTV earlier this month.
Oxford University and AstraZeneca have jointly developed the vaccine which the Pune-based vaccine company, Serum Institute of India, is manufacturing to fulfill the demand of the COVID-19. Cyrus Poonawalla established this vaccine company in 1966.
According to the media reports, this fire incident took place at one of the production plants on the premises of the Serum Institute of India. It is situated near the manufacturing unit where Coveshield is being produced.