Fire at Serum Institute of India’s plant, Vaccine manufacturing unit safe

A major fire broke out at the Serum Institute of India’s (SII) vaccine Manufacturing plant at Hadapsar in the city on Thursday afternoon.
However, the blaze did not affect the institute’s Covid Vaccine manufacturing facility, which remains safe.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said the fire is under control. “There have been no casualties so far. The fire had not broken out at the Covid vaccine unit,” Thackeray said.

Six people have been rescued from the fire, the CM said. “Prima facie it seems that the fire was caused by an electric fault.”

Adar Poonawalla, the owner and chief executive officer of the SII, confirmed the incident at the vaccine manufacturing plant.
“The Covid vaccine manufacturing unit remained safe and it is the Rotavirus manufacturing facility at the plant which has caught the fire.”
Rotaviruses are the most common cause of diarrhoeal disease among infants and young children.