One of the campuses of Serum Institute of India was engulfed in fire on Thursday killing five people. The under-construction building of COVID vaccine maker in India caught another fire later that night but was successfully bought under control. The tragedy has failed to deter SII’s Covisheild vaccine supply to other nations and India.

CEO Poonawalla said in a tweet, “I would like to reassure all governments and 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.”

The fire is believed to have started due to an electrical fault. The five who were trapped and later died were contractual labourers, and Serum Institute has announced a compensation of ₹ 25 lakh each to their families.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the loss of lives in a fire at Serum Institute Pune. His tweet read, “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.”

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The Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Oli praised the Indian government for sending 1 million doses of Covishield vaccine under a Grants Assistance Program. He said, “I thank Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji as well as the Government and people of India for the generous grant of one million doses of COVID vaccine to Nepal at this critical time when India is rolling out vaccination for its own people.”

In another news, Serum Institute of India’s vaccine consignment to be dispatched to Myanmar, Seychelles and Mauritius. Consignments of 1.5 million doses of Covishield will be delivered to Myanmar, 50,000 doses to Seychelles and another shipment of 1,00,000 doses is slated to reach Mauritius on Friday as part of India’s grant assistance.

Brazil and Morocco are the first two countries that would be availing commercial supplies of Indian coronavirus vaccines. Both the countries are said to get 2 million doses each as India begins commercial supply of Covid-19 vaccines from today itself.

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