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Seen from Left: Hon'ble Union Minister Shri. Prakash Javadekar, NCP Chief Shri. Sharad Pawar, Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla, Mr. Adar Poonawalla, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri. Narendra Modi, His Excellency Governor of Maharashtra Shri. C Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri. Devendra Fadnavis, Hon'ble Minister of Food & Drugs Administration, Govt. of Maharashtra Shri. Girish Bapat.

Hon'ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi Visits Serum Institute Of India

Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi visited the Serum Institute of India on Sunday 13th November and met with the Chairman & Managing Director Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla and CEO Mr. Adar Poonawalla.

The Prime Minister expressed appreciation over the largest vaccine manufacturing facility in the world that makes low cost vaccines to protect children and encouraged the Poonawalla's to make vaccines against diseases at affordable rates and make them available to all.

The Prime Minister also evinced interest in the "Adar Poonawalla Clean City" initiative launched by the Poonawalla Group and mentioned that it was a good project under the Swachh Bharat Mission and that the initiative should be a model for other cities.

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Dr. Cyrus S. Poonawalla (right), Chairman & Managing Director, Serum Institute of India Ltd. with Mr. David Cameron (centre), the British Prime Minister and Mr. Bill Gates (left), co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, at the GAVI Alliance pledging conference for immunization held in London on 13th June 2011.

Bill Gates’ Vaccine Heroes

Mr. Bill Gates, one of the world's greatest philanthropist, has acknowledged and hailed Dr. Cyrus S. Poonawalla as one of the few “Vaccine Heroes” at the World Health Assembly 2011, Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr. Gates stated that “the 'Vaccine Heroes' are fascinating mythic guys”. Speaking on Dr. C. S. Poonawalla, he says, “His Serum Institute makes more vaccines than anybody including one for meningitis that sells for a mere 50 cents a dose.”

At the GAVI pledging conference 2011 held in London, Dr. Poonawalla's contribution in the vaccine field was acknowledged with a memento stating, “Please accept our sincere thanks for your support to GAVI. Through this vital important effort, millions of children will be given the opportunity for a healthy and prosperous life …. Bill and Melinda Gates”.

In 2011, millions of doses of vaccines have been donated by Dr. C. S. Poonawalla to the countries of Uzbekistan, Lao Democratic Republic, Nepal, India and at subsidized price to the Philippines and other countries, to support their mass immunization campaigns for children against the diseases of Measles and Rubella.

"The satisfaction of saving a human life is immeasurable..."

Dr. Cyrus S. Poonawalla

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His Royal Highness Prince of Wales (center) with Dr Cyrus S. Poonawalla(right) and Mr Adar C. Poonawalla (left) during his visit to Serum Institute on Sunday the 10th November 2013.

Winning accolades from His Royal Highness Prince of Wales

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales made a private visit to Serum Institute on 10th November 2013 as he was keen to know more about the manufacture of inexpensive yet high quality vaccines that save the lives of millions of children across the globe.

He was also interested to know about the work going on in the healthcare sector and the timeline it takes to manufacture a vaccine. His interactions with the scientists of Serum Institute revealed his keen interest in the newer pneumocococcal vaccine being developed at the Institute and also the MMR vaccine.

His Royal Highness was impressed with the manufacturing facility and lauded the efforts of the scientists at Serum Institute in making vaccines affordable for the underprivileged children of the world.

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From right: Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director - PAHO, Dr. Jose A. Cordova Villalobos, Secretary of Health (Mexico), Dr. Cyrus S. Poonawalla and
Dr. Jon Andrus, Deputy Director - PAHO.

"Serum Institute of India Ltd. has demonstrated unparalleled focus in supplying several hundred million doses of its Measles and Rubella Vaccines to curb the scourge of Rubella and Measles to 38 regions in America, for the past 16 years, for routine immunization as well as for mass campaigns.

The contribution of Serum Institute has been recognized in a true sense, since the region of Americas have showed no recorded cases of endemic Rubella since February 2010."

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) presented Dr. Cyrus S. Poonawalla, Chairman and Managing Director of Serum Institute of India Ltd. with the award for 'Excellence in Inter-American Public Health', making him the first Indian to get this prestigious award at the hands of Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), for his extraordinary contribution to eliminate Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome in America, on 28th September 2010, Washington D.C., USA.

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Dr Cyrus S. Poonawalla (left) and Mr Adar C. Poonawalla (right) with Mr Bill Gates (centre), co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, during his visit to the
Serum Institute of India Ltd. at Pune on 31st May 2012.

From the GatesNotes

In his words...
“This is an amazing company, and its facilities would be considered state of the art anywhere in the world. Serum produces low cost, high quality vaccines used in 140 countries around the world.”
On the Pentavalent vaccine...
"Serum's work has dramatically lowered the cost of these vaccines (and a great many others) and is a true contribution by India to the well-being of the world."