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Update: Fire in Serum Institute premises in Pune kills 5

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In an unfortunate development, five people lost their lives in the fire that broke out at Pune’s Serum Institute of India. Notably, the deceased were reportedly working in the under-construction building in SII premises where the fire broke at around 2.45 pm.

The news was broke by SII chief Adar Poonawalla. He said, “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.”

Pune mayor Murlidhar Mohol said that the exact cause of the fire is not known, but it is being speculated that welding work was going on in the building and that caused the fire.

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Earlier, Poonawalla had tweeted, “I would like to reassure all governments & the public that there would be no loss of #COVISHIELD production due to multiple production buildings that I had kept in reserve to deal with such contingencies at @SerumInstIndia. Thank you very much @PuneCityPolice & Fire Department.”

He had thanked people for their concern. He said, “Thank you everyone for your concern and prayers. So far the most important thing is that there have been no lives lost or major injuries due to the fire, despite a few floors being destroyed.”

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Notably, SII is manufacturing the Covishield vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. It is a low-cost vaccine that has been already approved by the Indian drug regulator for “restricted emergency use”. The vaccine is a major hope for low-income countries that cannot afford the jabs developed by companies such as Pfizer and Moderna.

Officials said the manufacturing unit of Covishield is safe and has not been affected by the fire. The under-construction building where the fire broke out is adjacent to the plant where Covishield is being produced. The exact nature of damage caused by the fire is not known yet.

 

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