New Delhi: The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued orders to provide Y-category security on an all India basis by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to Serum Institute of India’s CEO Adar Poonawalla in view of “potential threats” to the businessman, involved in the production of one of the COVID-19 vaccines in India. The Central government decision came after Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs at Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), Prakash Kumar Singh had written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on April 16 requesting security for Poonawalla.Also Read - 11 Flights, Including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's Flight, Diverted After Heavy Rain in Delhi-NCR
According to officials, the protection has been given in view of “potential threats” to Poonawalla.Armed commandos of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will be with him every time he travels to any part of the country, they said and added that the ‘Y’ security cover will entail a posse of about 4-5 armed commandos with him. Also Read - IPL 2022 Points Table After RR vs CSK, Match 68: Gujarat Titans Maintain Top Spot; Jos Buttler With Orange Cap, Yuzvendra Chahal Retains Purple Cap
Covishield, one of the two COVID-19 vaccines used in India’s COVID-19 vaccination programme, is being manufactured by SII. The other vaccine being used in the country is Covaxin made by Bharat Biotech. Also Read - Will Omicron Subvariant BA.4 Cause COVID Fourth Wave in India? Check What Experts Say
In this letter, Singh had stated that Poonawalla has been getting threats from various groups regarding the COVID-19 vaccine supplies.
In this letter, Singh also said, “we are working shoulder to shoulder to fight against COVID-19 pandemic with the Government of India under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji.”
(With PTI inputs)