Friday, January 22, 2021

Trouble as fire guts biggest vaccine maker in India .

 The assault against the dreaded Coronavirus in India may have witnessed a bit of a slowing down over a recent incident in one of its vaccine-producing facility. 


This follows as there was a fire incident, according to National News, in one of the new sites of India's Serum Institute, an organisation that has been at the forefront of vaccine production in India. 

The incident said to have occurred on Thursday, January 21 at a new site in Pune, Western India has already claimed 5 lives in this wake. 

In early January, the government of India had given approval for two vaccines to be administered. One of the vaccines, Covaxin, is produced by local company Bharat Biotech while the other vaccine, Covishield is handled by the Serum Institute, the victim of the fire outbreak that torched their site. Reacting to the incident, an unnamed official of the affected company said that the incident will not in any way affect the production of the COVID-19 vaccine. In what is a huge breakthrough in the virus fight, India had commenced arguably one of the biggest vaccine drives in the world on Saturday, January 16. The demand for the Serum institute vaccine has since surged just as plans are underway to supply 200 million doses to WHO-backed covax to complement her vaccine distribution drive to poor and developing nations. Plans are also in place to have Covishield, developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca, delivered to South Asia in 20 million doses, with South America, Latin America and Africa in line to receive the vaccine. Read more:

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