PUNE: The horse racing community in Pune will come together to honour Dr Cyrus Poonawalla for his outstanding and commendable work in the field of vaccines that recently earned him ‘Doctor of Science Hon’ from the University of Massachusetts.
Dr Poonawalla, Founder of Serum Institute of India, who became the first Indian to receive the award for “Excellence in Inter-American Public Health”, will be felicitated on Sunday, August 5, at the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) course immediately after the 3 pm race.
“It is a great honour and privilege for the Club, the RWITC Committee, Stewards and Board of Appeal, to have patronage of such an eminent personality,” the Club said in a statement issued on Friday.
Dr Poonawalla will be felicitated in the paddock by the Committee members and others before trainers will also felicitate “one of the seven vaccine heroes of the world.”
FACTBOX: DR CYRUS POONAWALLA
- The University of Massachusetts had conferred Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, Founder of Serum Institute of India, with the Honorary Degree of “Doctor of Science Hon” for his commendable work in the field of vaccines.
- Known as one of the ‘Seven vaccine heroes of the World’ by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr Poonawalla’s Serum Institute is world’s largest vaccine manufacturer producing 1.5 billion doses annually that are administered in 170 countries.
- “I am grateful to the University of Massachusetts for recognising our work. I strongly feel that we need to treat the field of vaccination with the respect it deserves. It’s not just another field related to medical science. But one of the most important ones. We need more precautionary measures than cures for betterment of human life and vaccination is one such measure,” Dr Poonawalla had said after the award was conferred to him.
- In the past, this degree has been awarded to Barack Obama, in the year 2006, Anthony S Fauci, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease in the year 2008 and Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and the 2011 co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.