Fire breaks out at building in Serum Institute of India

A fire has broken out at Terminal 1 gate of the Serum Institute of India in Pune even as 10 fire tenders have been swung into action to douse the fire.

It is however unlikely to affect the production of Covishield, the coronavirus vaccine developed by the SII in partnership with the Oxford University and British-Swedish pharma firm AstraZeneca.

The Serum Institute of India, which prides itself as “the world’s largest vaccine maker”, has a facility spread over 100 acres.

Manjari, the complex where the fire broke out, is a few minutes drive from the production facility, as per sources.