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5 Killed In Blaze At Indian Producer Of COVID-19 Vaccine

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Smoke rises from the Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine maker that is manufacturing the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine for the coronavirus, in Pune, India, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

(AP) — At least five people have died in a fire that broke out at a building under construction at Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, but the company says it will not affect COVID-19 vaccine production.

It says the fire was restricted to a new facility it is constructing to increase production of COVID-19 vaccines and ensure it is better prepared for future pandemics, but that it has other facilities available.

It says the fire did not affect existing plants making COVID-19 vaccines or a stockpile of around 50 million doses. Officials say the victims were probably construction workers.

 

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