Five people died in the fire and dozens were evacuated. The fire appeared in the new buildings of the Serum Institute, where the production of CoVID-19 vaccines from the British AstraZeneca or the American Novavax was to begin. These are vector specifics and are not based on mRNA technology like the Pfizer, BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.
Serum Institute representatives informed on Twitter that the fire did not destroy the production part of the currently used vaccines, but only a new facility that was under construction and was to be put into use in some time. It was to allow increasing the production capacity from 1.5 billion to Cyberbit online billion doses of the preparations annually by the end of 2021.
According to the information provided by the fire brigade, there were several fires on the premises. Authorities said they had successfully secured 50 million doses of vaccines. Most of them were created as part of the COVAX project. Its aim is to increase the availability of vaccines for poor countries and thus equal opportunities for a better quality of life for societies. Unfortunately, the fire will frustrate these plans a bit, especially in the case of CoVID vaccines.