A massive fire broke out at Serum Institute of India in Pune on Thursday afternoon.The blaze was reported at a building near the Terminal 1 gate of the institute which is located in the Manjri area of the city. | UPDATE: 5 dead in fire at Serum Institute's under construction unit in Pune
Several fire tenders were rushed to spot to douse the flames. Police and local administration officials also rushed to the site and rescue and relief operations were continuing till reports were last received.
The SII is manufacturing anti-coronavirus vaccine called Covishield. The vaccine developed by the Oxford University and pharmaceuticals company AstraZeneca. It is the world's largest vaccine manufacturer. It was founded by Cyrus Poonawalla in 1966.
SII CEO Adar Poonawalla said that the Covid vaccine production unit was not affected by the fire.
"Thank you everyone for your concern and prayers. So far the most important thing is that there have been no lives lost or major injuries due to the fire, despite a few floors being destroyed," Poonawalla tweeted.