A fire at a huge vaccine factory in India has cost the lives of at least five people. According to the authorities, the production of vaccines against the coronavirus is not at risk.
The fire raged in western Pune at the Indian Serum Institute, known as the largest vaccine maker in the world. Among other things, the institute produces the Covishield vaccine, the local variant of AstraZeneca and Oxford. Topman Adar Poonawalla gave his condolences to the families of the victims via Twitter.
The complex is expanded according to Indian media so that even more vaccines can be produced. The fire would have raged at a building that was still under construction. The Serum Institute produces huge numbers of vaccines sold all over the world. Each year, about 1.5 billion doses of anti-poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, measles and other diseases are involved.
The coronavaccin Covishield is also used in India itself. The authorities intend to vaccinate 300 million of the 1.3 billion inhabitants against coronavirus in the period up to July.