Tue, 03 Aug 2021

  • A fire at Cape Town's Biovac facility would have no impact on operations.
  • A fire was extinguished at the Pinelands site on Sunday morning.
  • The City of Cape Town said there was no evidence of an attack, as speculated.

A fire at Cape Town's Biovac facility would have no impact on operations, the Department of Science and Innovation said on Monday.

The fire was extinguished at the Pinelands site on Sunday morning.

The City of Cape Town's Safety MMC JP Smith said an emergency call was received shortly before 05:00 in the morning, and by 08:00, fire services from Roeland Street, Epping, Bellville and Epping had put the fire out.

"There is no evidence that this was an attempted attack on Covid vaccine stores as being speculated, since preliminary investigations suggest the fire's origin relates to a [Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning] fault, due to the prompt response of our Fire Services only a separate building suffered damage while the laboratory itself was completely protected," said Smith.

The Department of Science and Innovation said there would be no impact on normal operations, nor on the manufacture and delivery of vaccines, and none of the products were affected.

The police will investigate the cause of the fire.

Biovac was established for human vaccine production in Southern Africa.

It secured technology transfers from international pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Sanofi Pasteur.

The company also sources and supplies a comprehensive range of vaccines required by the Department of Health, supplying over 15 million doses of vaccines (excluding Covid-19 vaccines) per year across South Africa and into neighbouring countries.

Source: News24

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