Adar Poonawalla joined SII 2001 and became the CEO of the company in 2011. SII is the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India. He is one of the six people named “Asians of the Year” by Singapore’s leading daily, The Straits Times for their work in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Serum Institute of India (SII) has collaborated with the University of Oxford and the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for making the COVID-19 vaccine, ‘Covidshield’, and is conducting trials in India.
Other five people include the Chinese researcher Zhang Yongzhen, who gave the first complete genome of Sars-CoV-2, China’s Major-General Chen Wei, Japan’s Dr Ryuichi Morishita, Singapore’s Professor Ooi Eng Eong, and South Korean businessman Seo Jung-jin.
The daily collectively referred to these people as “the virus busters”, who are heroes of a kind and worked for the cause of resolving the coronavirus pandemic in their own ways.