"Vaccine Safe": Adar Poonawalla, Uddhav Thackeray On Serum Institute Fire

22 January 2021 06:27 PM
  •  "Vaccine Safe": Adar Poonawalla, Uddhav Thackeray On Serum Institute Fire

A day after a massive fire at vaccine-maker Serum Institute of India's Pune facility, in which five people died, CEO Adar Poonawalla said the supply of the coronavirus vaccine Covishield would not be affected.

"This was a brand new facility. It was for the future production of BCG and Rotavirus. No actual vaccine was actually being produced there, so there was no damage to any vaccine," Mr Poonawalla said, addressing a joint press conference with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The Serum CEO added that there was no damage to Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine being used in India's Covid inoculation drive. "Where Covishield is manufactured and stored, no damage was done to that," he said.

The fire broke out on Thursday afternoon in a complex that is under construction and a few minutes' drive from the facility where the Covid vaccines are produced. It was believed to have been caused by an electrical fault.

More than 1,000 crore worth of equipment and products were damaged in the fire, he said.

"The loss is mainly financial. There is no loss to supplies as such," added Mr Poonawalla.

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