Krishna Ella, the chairman of vaccine producer Bharat Biotech, has now been provided a “Y” category armed security protection by the Union government, officials said on Tuesday. Ella, 52, is also the founder of the Hyderabad-based biotechnology organisation that is developing the Covaxin vaccine endorsed by India for inoculation against Covid-19.
The establishment is also engaged in drug discovery, drug development, manufacturing different other vaccines, bio-therapeutics, pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. The officials said Ella was rendered the security protection of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) armed commandos sometime ago given his new profile of launching the production of life-saving vaccines and other medical essentials.
About two-three commandos will escort him whenever he travels to any part of the nation under the “Y” category central guarding, they said. The premises of the Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) in the Shameerpet area of Telangana’s capital Hyderabad was now agreed to an armed protection cover by the same paramilitary force following endorsement by the Union home ministry.
“Considering the increased threat perception to the biotechnology company, BBIL is genetically unprotected to threats from anti-nationals and ravagers. The CISF will provide continual armed security protection to the facility in Hyderabad,” a representative of the force had then said. In April, the Union government had similarly bestow “Y” category security cover to Adar Poonawalla, the CEO and developer of the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) that produces the Covishield vaccine.