Five workers lost their lives when a major fire broke out at building in the Serum Institute of India’s Pune campus. The situation is now under control and production of Covid vaccine has not been affected by the fire according to officials.

A tragedy occurred at the Serum institute of India in Pune on Thursday afternoon. 4 workers lost their lives to this unfortunate incident. The team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and fifteen fire tenders rushed  to the spot to extinguish the fire that broke out around 2.45 pm. The fire was caused after some insulation material caught fire during welding, the government said.

Officials have clarified that fire at the Serum Institute has not affected the production of Covishield vaccine. The fire broke out an under-construction building adjacent to the manufacturing unit of the Covid-19 vaccine. Adar Poonawalla tweeted about the unfortunate incident that took place at the Serum Institute of India in Pune and stated that the tragedy has not affected the production of Covishield vaccine. 

“I would like to reassure all governments & the public that there would be no loss of #COVISHIELD production due to multiple production buildings that I had kept in reserve to deal with such contingencies at Serum Institute of India,” he tweeted.

Narendra Modi also tweeted about the tragedy that took place at the Serum Institute of India . Anguished by the loss of lives due to an unfortunate fire at the @SerumInstIndia. In this sad hour, my thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. I pray that those injured recover at the earliest,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

BJP leader and former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis expressed condolences to the families of those killed in the fire at the Serum Institute through twitter. “Pained to know that around 5 people lost life in @SerumInstIndia fire incident. My deepest condolences to their families. Praying for speedy recovery of the injured ones.” he tweeted.

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