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In Pune Sharad Pawar Visits Serum Institute, Takes Stock After Fire Damage

NCP chief Sharad Pawar today visited the city-based Serum Institute of India (SII), where a significant fire had broken out two days back, killing five people.

Sharad Pawar visited the influenced working around early afternoon and assessed the circumstance. Serum Institute’s CEO, Adar Poonwalla, went with Mr Pawar.

In a tweet, Mr Pawar said, “Visited the Serum Institute in Pune along with @adarpoonawalla and reviewed the present situation there, after the unfortunate fire incident.”

Five men passed on in the fire that broke out in a five-story working in the Serum Institute’s Manjari premises on Thursday.

The Manjari office is the place where Covishield, the SII antibody against COVID-19, which is being utilized in the cross country immunization drive against the disease, is made. The structure where fire broke out is one km from the Covishield antibody fabricating unit.

On Friday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had visited the SII to assess the fire site.

The SII on Friday said it has endured misfortunes to the tune of over ₹ 1,000 crore because of the staggering fire.

Uddhav Thackeray had said that a test into the episode was on and whether the fire was a mishap or damage will be known after it.

Sharad Pawar had said in Kolhapur that the fire was an “accident” and that there was “absolutely no doubt about the integrity of scientists” working with the Pune-based immunization major.

Police and different offices are investigating the incident.

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