Serum Institute CEO, Adar Poonawalla, named "Asian of the Year" with 6 others

Serum Institute CEO, Adar Poonawalla, named "Asian of the Year" with 6 others

For their work fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chief Executive Officer of Serum Institute of India (SII), Adar Poonawalla, is one among six people named "Asian Of The Year" by Singapore's daily, The Strait Times. 


Pune-based 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. 


The other five named in the list are Chinese researcher Zhang Yongzhen, who led the team that mapped and published online the first complete genome of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that sparked the pandemic, China's Major-General Chen Wei, Japan's Dr Ryuichi Morishita and Singapore's Professor Ooi Eng Eong, who are among those at the forefront of developing vaccines against the virus, and South Korean businessman Seo Jung-jin whose company will enable the making and dispensing of the vaccines and other Covid-19 treatments to the world.


Collectively referred to as "the virus busters", they are heroes of a kind, having devoted themselves to the pressing cause of resolving the coronavirus pandemic, each in their own capacity, the daily said. 


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