The supply of COVID-19 vaccines has not been affected due to the recent fire that broke out at the Serum Institute of India’s (SII) facility in Pune, confirmed the company’s CEO Adar Poonawalla on Friday.

“The supply of COVID-19 vaccine will not be affected due to the fire. No actual vaccine was being made at that facility. We were lucky that the incident happened in a different building. The extent of the financial damage is more than Rs 1,000 crores,” Poonawalla said while addressing at a press conference.

“The fire had no impact on the production of the Covishield vaccine and no damage has occured to the existing stock either,” he added.

A fire had broken out at SII’s Manjari plant yesterday, where six people were rescued from an under-construction building. Hours later, another fire broke out again in one of the compartments of the building at SII, in Pune.

Five people lost their lives in the fire incident.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope had said the initial fire was caused by ongoing welding work at the site.

The SII had on Thursday announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakhs to the families of the people who died in the fire incident at the company’s facility at Manjari. (ANI)