Posted: Thu 21st Jan 2021

Updated: Thu 21st Jan

Wrexham vaccine factory “secure and operating as normal” after floods as wider impact avoided for people living in or visiting the wrexham area

A key vaccine factory has avoided any disruption to production.

The local factory has the vital role of “fill finish” in creating Covid-19 vaccines with a range of production lines on the industrial estate.

There has been widespread concern over the factory due to the extra importance of its production.

There was some ‘mild flooding’ around 4pm yesterday on the site and an emergency response was activated.

In a statement Wockhardt said, “Further to reports on flooding in the Wrexham area, Wockhardt UK also experienced mild flooding yesterday. All necessary actions were taken with no disruption to manufacturing. We would like to reassure everyone that the site is secure and operating as normal.”

Wrexham Council Leader Mark Pritchard has appeared on a range of media this morning to offer reassurance, saying to BBC Wales earlier: “It is fine just for clarity.

“There was problems there, and we were asked for help and assistance. We didn’t hesitate, we helped them, we have resources and pumps brought in, and we’ve worked with them and that’s been successful.”

“That could have had an impact not just in North Wales but across the United Kingdom and further afield, so I’m really pleased with that. That’s that is working in true partnership with a company and ourselves.”

Mr Pritchard was also on Sky News this morning:

Last year the UK Government entered into an 18-month agreement with the global pharmaceutical and biotechnology company to carry out the crucial ‘fill and finish’ stage of the manufacturing process, which involves dispensing the manufactured vaccine substance into vials ready for it to be distributed globally.

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