Roads reopen as controlled explosion concludes Wockhardt vaccine factory incident

Roads reopen as controlled explosion concludes Wockhardt vaccine factory incident

Wockhardt said there had been a partial evacuation of its site after it received package on Wednesday morning, and that manufacturing was paused while the package was investigated.

The global pharmaceutical and biotechnology company provides fill-and-finish services for the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines - the final stage of putting the coronavirus vaccine into vials.

The Ministry of Defense said an ordnance disposal team had been called out and was assisting authorities at the plant.

Anti-vaxxers are suspected of sending a hoax bomb to the UK's only Covid-19 vaccine bottling plant, halting production for a large part of the day.

North Wales Police and the Royal Logistic Corps are in attendance.

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A statement from the company said: "The safety of our employees and business continuity remains of paramount importance".

AstraZeneca has agreed to supply Britain with 100 million doses of the vaccine it developed with Oxford University.

Police, who called out the bomb disposal squad to the incident, did not clarify whether the package had posed a threat but said the contents would be analyzed and there would be an investigation into the circumstances. The Welsh government stressed that there had been "no adverse effects" on the coronavirus vaccine roll-out as a result of the security alert.

Update: Wrexham's MP Sarah Atherton has said, "I have spoken with Wockhardt Uk and I am assured that they are doing everything to keep their employees and the businesses around them safe".

"Our sophisticated sterile facility and highly skilled workforce are a prime example of why the manufacturing sector is a major employer accounting for around 9 per cent of the UK workforce", said Ravi Limaye, Managing Director of Wockhardt UK, during the prime ministerial visit a year ago.

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