Work resumes at the factory which bottles the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after “mild flooding”

A factory in Wrexham that puts the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine in phials experienced “mild flooding” yesterday, but the factory is now operating as normal.

Flooding hit many parts of Wales after Storm Christoph battered parts of the country, and hundreds of people have been asked to leave their homes.

The Wrexham plant, which is widely reported to have been flooded, is a fill and finish plant that takes the produced vaccine and is able to produce three hundred million ready to use doses per year.

It is located on an industrial estate close to the River Dee. Yesterday the river was said to have reached its highest level ever recorded.

WalesOnline reports Mark Pritchard, the Leader of Wrexham Council, said emergency work had been carried out on the Wrexham Industrial Estate to make sure supplies of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine were not damaged.

He told BBC Radio Wales “We had an incident at Wrexham Industrial Estate, the Oxford vaccination is produced there and the warehouse where it is stored, obviously I can’t tell you where it is, but we had to work in partnership to make sure we didn’t lose the vaccinations in the floods.

“I’ve been up all night it’s a very difficult time for us.”

When asked about the reports of flooding at the site today, a spokeswoman for Wockhardt UK, said “Last night at approximately 1600 hours Wockhardt UK experienced mild flooding, resulting in excess water surrounding part of the buildings across site.

“All necessary precautions were taken meaning no disruption to manufacturing or inlet of water into buildings.

“The site is now secure and free from any further flood damage and operating as normal.”

Stuart Millington, Senior Training and Development Manager at North Wales Fire Service, said “We have not been called to attend any flooding related incidents on the Wrexham Industrial Estate.

“Following media enquiries we sent an officer to the area to confirm that there are no flooding issues, and he has confirmed this to be the case.”

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