Huge fire breaks out at world's biggest Covid vaccine facility

A blaze has erupted at the site of the world’s largest coronavirus vaccine manufacturer.

Huge plumes of smoke were seen above the Serum Institute of India (SII), in the western city of Pune today.

The site is producing millions of doses of the Covishield Covid vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

Local reports said that the blaze was at a construction site at the large facility.

It is not thought the production of the coronavirus vaccine has been affected, but so far the company has declined to comment.

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SII is manufacturing a vaccine developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca for India and many other low- and middle-income countries.

The company is also getting ready to produce a vaccine being developed by the U.S. company Novavax Inc.

The fire office in Pune said five fire engines had been sent to the site. There was no immediate word on any casualties, nor on the cause of the fire.

More to follow.

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