Television channels showed a huge cloud of grey smoke above the site in Pune in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Five people have died after a fire caught through a building in the world’s biggest vaccine production hub in western India. Local media reported that rescue workers discovered five bodies in the under-construction building after the blaze was brought under control.

India began one of the world’s biggest vaccine rollouts on Saturday, aiming to vaccinate 300 million people by July with both Covishield and Covaxin. Many other countries are relying on the SII to supply them with the vaccine. A source at the institute has confirmed that the production of the Coronavirus vaccine will not be affected.

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