Serum Institute of India’s (SII) whose Covishield is one of the two Covid-19 vaccines approved for emergency use in India, CEO Adar Poonawalla approved 'Y' category security.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday approve this. The 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.
This cover will be provided by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
In his letter, Prakash Singh had stated that Adar Poonawalla has been getting threats from various groups regarding the Covid-19 vaccine supplies.
"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," he said.
The price of Covishield vaccine supplied by govt. will be slashed from Rs. 400 to Rs.300 per dose with immediate effect, Adar Poonawalla said on Wednesday.
Taking on Twitter Adar Poonwalla said: "As a philanthropic gesture on behalf of SII, I hereby reduce the price to the states from Rs.400 to Rs.300 per dose, effective immediately; this will save thousands of crores of state funds going forward. This will enable more vaccinations and save countless lives."