18:21 GMT03 March 2021
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    The Indian biotechnology and pharmaceuticals company, founded in 1966, is considered to be the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world.

    A massive fire erupted at the Serum Institute of India in Pune, Maharashtra on Thursday. The blaze broke out at the Terminal 1 gate, according to preliminary information. The causes of the incident are currently unclear. The emergency services arrived at the site to put out the fire.

    According to an emergency official, five people were found dead in the facility.

    Serum Institute is producing millions of doses of the Covishield medication, developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. It also has a deal with Novavax for the development of its vaccine in India and several other countries.

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