First consignment of Covishield vaccines leaves Serum Institute
Three temperature-controlled trucks presented of the Serum Institute’s gates shortly prior to 5 am and left for Pune airport, from where the vaccines will be flown throughout India.
Vials of Covishield at the Serum Institute of India, Pune.
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3 temperature-controlled trucks rolled out of the Serum Institute’s gates soon prior to 5 am and left for Pune airport, from where the vaccines will be flown throughout India.
A definitive phase in India’s fight against coronavirus began in the wee hours on Tuesday as the first consignment of Covishield vaccines left Serum Institute of India for Pune airport, 4 days ahead of the across the country shot drive launch.
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Three temperature-controlled trucks rolled out of the Serum Institute’s gates shortly before 5 am and left for Pune airport, from where the vaccines will be flown throughout India.
The trucks carried 478 boxes of the vaccines, each box weighing 32 kg, a source carefully included in the transport plans informed PTI.
The trucks left the Serum Institute of India facilities at Manjari and reached the airport, located 15 km from the facility.
From the airport, the vaccines will be dispatched to 13 locations throughout the nation by 10 am, the source said.
A ‘puja’ was performed prior to the automobiles left the center.
The locations where these Covishield vaccines will be flown from Pune include Delhi, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Karnal, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chandigarh and Bhubaneswar.
The consignment for Mumbai will leave by road. Trucks belonging to Kool-ex Cold Chain Ltd are being utilized to ferry the vaccine stocks from Serum Institute.
Amongst the first batch, one consignment is scheduled to be delivered by an Air India cargo flight to Ahmedabad.
On Monday, Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel tweeted that his state will receive the first consignment of coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday at 10.45 am at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport in Ahmedabad.
The Central government on Monday positioned firm orders in sophisticated commitments for over 6 crore dosages of vaccines from Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech for inoculating three crore healthcare and frontline workers in the very first phase of the nationwide vaccination drive starting January 16.
Communicating with state Chief Ministers on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the enormity of what he called as the world’s greatest vaccination workout, stating over 30 crore residents will get the jabs in the next few months in India against just 2.5 crore people vaccinated so far in over 50 nations in around a month.
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