İrem UZUN -TDO- Five people have been killed in a fire at the site of Oxford-AstraZeneca factory, the world's largest vaccine producer, in western India. The fire was later brought under control, but the city's mayor confirmed that five people had died. The cause of the fire has not been identified.
According to reports, the fire broke out at the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world's biggest vaccine maker, where millions of doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine are being manufactured. Local reports said that the blaze was at a construction site at the large facility, with a source close to the plant telling the BBC the fire will not affect the production of the COVID vaccine. Doses produced at the plant will go to India and many other low and middle-income countries.
"Today is an extremely sorrowful day for all of us at Serum Institute of India. Regrettably, there were losses of lives in the fire that broke out," Adar Poonawalla, CEO and owner of the Serum Institute of India said in a statement. He said the victims' families would be offered compensation of about $34,000 each, in addition to any mandated payout.