Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India, has been voted ‘Asian of the Year’. Six people, including Adar Poonawalla, have been named for the ‘Asian of the Year’ honor by The Straits Times of Singapore daily. This year, those who have contributed to the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic have been selected for this honor.
Pune-based Serum Institute of India is working with the University of Oxford and the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca to develop the Covid-19 vaccine ‘Kovishield’ and for this the vaccine trials are being conducted in India.
Five other people in this list, besides Poonawala, are Chinese researcher Zhang Yongzhen who led the first entire genome detection team of the epidemic-responsible SARS-COV-2, Major General Chen Wei of China, Japan Dr. Yuichi Morishita and Professor I Ing Aung of Singapore.
These are all those people who are ahead in making vaccines against the virus. South Korean businessman Seo Jung-jin is also named in the list, his company will also work to manufacture and make the vaccine available.
According to ‘The Straits Times’, all these people have been given the adjective of ‘The Virus Busters’, who according to their own ability are trying to end the Corona virus epidemic.
SII was founded in 1966 by Cyrus Poonawalla, the father of Adar Poonawala. The 39-year-old Honor took over the reins of the institute in 2011. Poonawala said that his institute is helping poor countries have access to vaccines.