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5 workers dead in fire at Serum Institute of India


5 workers dead in fire at Serum Institute of India
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In a shocking development, a massive fire has been reported today at the Serum Institute of India in Pune at a facility, which is under construction at the moment.

It is reported that as many as five workers have been killed in this fire that broke out in the afternoon. Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institue of India too has confirmed the casualties in this mishap and even expressed his deepest condolences. 

According to reports, the fire is now under control. 

However, this fire is not likely to affect the production of Covishield, the vaccine for the coronavirus developed by the SII in partnership with the Oxford University and British-Swedish pharma firm AstraZeneca.

Adar Poonawalla confirmed this news in a tweet as he said, "I would like to reassure all governments and 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 Serum Institute of India".  

As soon as the news of the fire broke, fire brigade rushed to the spot and efforts were made to put out the blaze.  with at least eight fire tenders on the spot. Moreover, police and local administration have reached the site with relief operations being launched. Ten fire tenders and a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were rushed to the spot to douse the fire that broke out around 2.45 pm. 

Till now there is no word on how the fire started. 

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