SII CEO Adar Poonawalla Runs Away to London

Monday, May 3, 2021

/ by mansuralisaha


The News Cover: Adar Poonawalla, head of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India (SII). Poonawalla is creating working hard to vaccinate India's massive population. Poonawalla is having a tough time balancing vaccine supply to India & foreign countries amidst a severe shortage and increasing demand.

 Last week the Indian government had provided Poonawalla with security cover. He was given 'Y' security cover, which is the 3rd highest level of security in the country. CRPF Commandos would guard him 24x7. The government decided on the security cover because he was on the receiving end of dangerous threats. He was bombarded with threatening calls demanding vaccines. 

This is why the government granted the security cover. He has now left the country and gone to London, United Kingdom, to be with his family for a short time. In an interview with a London newspaper, Adar Poonawalla said: I have been getting threats from people demanding instant supply of vaccines. These threats are from politicians, chief ministers, heads of conglomerates, 

and some of the most powerful men in India and demanded they be given the vaccine first. It was very difficult for me to deal with. They can’t understand why anyone else should get the vaccine before them. There is a major demand for vaccines in India. Nobody is willing to accept a negative answer and has resorted to aggression. I have no problem with foul language. 

It’s the implication of what they might do if I don’t comply. This is why I feel my life is in danger. People surround our manufacturing units which are disrupting our work. Since there is a clear safety issue, I left for London. I will return to India soon but I will stay here for some time. This is because I don’t want to face threats. I don’t want to constantly be afraid of what people might do if I refuse them the vaccine. 

This is why I will remain in London. When asked who must carry the blame for the situation in India, Poonawalla said: “If I give you the right answer, or any answer, my head would be chopped off. I can’t comment on the elections or Kumbh Mela. It’s too sensitive." Poonawalla hinted at starting vaccine production in other foreign countries, one of which might be the UK. An announcement will be made soon.

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