The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) on Monday took over the security of vaccine maker Bharat Biotech's premises in Hyderabad to protect the company from any terror threat or sabotage that could lead to a biological disaster. A CISF spokesperson said in Delhi that a contingent of 64 personnel headed by an Inspector rank officer of the paramilitary force attended a function organized at Genome Valley in the Shamirpet area of Hyderabad city.
Bharat Biotech produces several vaccines in the country. It also includes Covaxin which is one of the three vaccines authorized for the prevention of corona infection in the country. CISF Spokesperson said that Dr. Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Bharat Biotech, Dr. Suchitra Ella, Joint MD, Southern Region Inspector General of CISF Anjana Sinha were part of the ceremony. The CISF flag was unfurled at the Bharat Biotech campus during the ceremony. Any sabotage-related leak in the company could result in the risk of widespread disaster in the form of a bio-hazard.
CISF spokesperson said that Bharat Biotech is an Indian biotechnology company engaged in drug discovery, drug development and manufacturing of vaccines, biotherapeutics, pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. This indigenous company is one of the first to develop vaccines for viral diseases like Chikungunya and Zika. In such a situation, BBIL is naturally prone to anti-national and sabotage elements. CISF will provide round-the-clock armed security cover to Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) Hyderabad.