“At least one person died and another was wounded following a explosion at a pharmaceutical factory in Taiwan’s Taoyuan City. The blast on Sunday caused a fire at a factory belonging to SCI Pharmtech which wasn’t fully extinguished until Tuesday.
Thick smoke was also seen rising into the air for several days after the explosion. An investigation has suggested that a leak of chemicals in nearby sewers caused the blaze to keep burning despite a prompt intervention of local firefighters
The article goes on to state the following:
Local firefighters responding to the fire had found two people injured. A 30-year-old foreign migrant worker from the Philippines in critical conditions suffered third-degree burns to 80%-90% of his body.
The report states that the migrant worker later died. Another man suffered a burn on one of his hands.
The factory is reportedly that the second largest producer in the world for the raw material to make hydroxychloroquine.
In another report, the Taipei Times wrote: The company reported cumulative revenue of NT$2.61 billion in the first 11 months of this year, up 18.19 percent from NT$2.21 billion in the same period last year, thanks to steady shipments of APIs for hydroxychloroquine — a medicine used to treat or prevent malaria, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as mild cases of COVID-19 — and stable sales of other APIs used in drugs for treating epilepsy and depression. “
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