‘Suspicious package’ evacuates COVID-19 vaccine plant in Wales

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Jan. 27 (UPI) — A suspicious package on Wednesday led to the evacuation of a North Wales plant that manufactures the COVID-19 vaccine for AstraZeneca, police said.

Police closed off roads leading to the plant and dispatched a bomb disposal squad, officials said.

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The plant prepares vials of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine, which was co-developed by Britain’s Oxford University, for distribution.

AstraZeneca said the plant was partly evacuated due to a “suspicious package.”

“The safety of our employees and business continuity remain of paramount importance,” the company said in a statement.

The plant was approved to produce 300 million vaccine doses per year and 150,000 vials a day.

“We are working with local police and the military to find out more,” Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford tweeted.

“Thank you to the security personnel who are on-site to protect lives and ensure the safety of our vaccine supply.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the plant in November.