Five persons have been confirmed dead as fire raged through a building housing what has been described as the world’s largest maker of vaccines in Pune, the second largest city in Maharashtra state, India.
The fire reportedly broke out at a plant under construction at the Serum Institute of India. The city’s mayor Murlidhar Mohol confirmed some deaths in the firebreak but failed to give the exact number of victims.
The bodies of the victims were discovered after rescue workers managed to bring the fire under control.
Local media reported, quoting a source close to the Institute, that the fire will not affect the production of coronavirus vaccines.
In a tweet on 21 January, Adar Poonawalla, who calls the shots as CEO, confirmed this. He said the production of Covishield (the coronavirus vaccine) will continue as there were reserved productions units in place in case of any contingencies.
He extended the firm’s condolences to the family members of those who perished in the fire incident while thanking the police and fire service for their support during the emergency. You can check out his tweet below.
By the way, the fire incident last led to speculations online that those agaisnt the coronavirus were behind the fire. What d you think?