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Coronavirus

Fire at world's biggest vaccine maker in India kills 5, AstraZeneca output unaffected

Serum Institute of India is producing 50m doses vaccine a month

Firefighters try to douse a fire that broke out inside the complex of the Serum Institute of India, in Pune, India Jan. 21.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -- A big fire on Thursday at the Serum Institute of India killed five people, a government official told reporters, but the world's biggest vaccine maker said it would not affect production of the AstraZeneca coronavirus shot.

Videos and pictures from Reuters partner ANI showed black smoke billowing from a multi-storey building in SII's massive headquarters complex in the city of Pune in Maharashtra state.

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