Every year ST editors hunt down an individual , team or organisation that has not only made or shaped the news, but also helped contribute positively to Asia within the process, said Warren Fernandez, editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Media Group and editor of Straits Times. ”This year, we naturally looked to those involved within the fight against Covid-19, which has dominated the headlines. We debated long and hard, but finally agreed on a gaggle of individuals who have done the foremost to assist find a solution to the crisis brought on by the virus.
Adar Poonawalla, the chief executive of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India, is among six people named ”Asians of the Year” by Singapore’s leading daily, The Straits Times for his or her add fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) has collaborated with the University of Oxford and therefore the British-Swedish drug company AstraZeneca for creating the COVID-19 vaccine, ’’Covidshield’’, and is conducting trials in India.
The other five named within the list are Chinese researcher Zhang Yongzhen, who led the team that mapped and published online the primary complete genome of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that sparked the pandemic, China’s Major-General Chen Wei, Japan’s Dr Ryuichi Morishita and Singapore’s Professor Ooi Eng Eong, who are among those at the forefront of developing vaccines against the virus, and South Korean businessman Seo Jung-jin whose company will enable the making and dispensing of the vaccines and other Covid-19 treatments to the planet . Collectively mentioned as ”the virus busters”, they're heroes of a sort , having devoted themselves to the pressing explanation for resolving the coronavirus pandemic, each in their own capacity, the daily said.