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Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawala hits back at critics: Key Highlights of The Times interview

Rejecting the charges of profiteering from the vaccine, Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawala said that it is “totally incorrect” and added that Covishield will still be “the most affordable vaccine on the planet” even at a higher price. "

May 02, 2021 / 09:45 AM IST
Serum Institute India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla (Image: Twitter/@adarpoonawalla)

Serum Institute India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla (Image: Twitter/@adarpoonawalla)

After receiving 'Y' category security, Adar Poonawala - the chief of Serum Institute of India (SII) - spoke to a London newspaper about receiving threat calls from India's most powerful men and politicians including “chief ministers…, heads of business conglomerates and others”.

Threats is an understatement,” Mr Poonawalla told The Times of London. “The level of expectation and aggression is really unprecedented. It’s overwhelming. Everyone feels they should get the vaccine. They can’t understand why anyone else should get it before them,” he said.

“They are saying if you don’t give us the vaccine it’s not going to be good… It’s not foul language. It’s the tone. It’s the implication of what they might do if I don’t comply. It’s taking control. It’s coming over and basically surrounding the place and not letting us do anything unless we give in to their demands,” Poonawalla added.

Poonawala flew to London to be with his wife and children before the UK barred travellers from India on April 23.