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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.
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.
Dr. Cyrus S. Poonawalla
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.