Coronavirus News LIVE Updates: First Batch of Covishield Vaccine Consignment from Serum Institute Shows Up in Delhi
The very first batch of the Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield, arrives in New Delhi. (ANI image)
3 temperature-controlled trucks rolled out of the Serum Institute gates soon before 5 am and left for Pune airport, from where the vaccines will be flown across India. The trucks carried 478 boxes of the vaccines, each box weighing 32 kg, a source associated with the vaccine transport plans informed PTI. The trucks left the Serum Institute of India facilities at Manjari and reached the airport, situated 15 km from the facility. From the airport, the vaccines will be dispatched to 13 areas throughout the nation by 10 am, the source stated. A ‘puja’ was carried out prior to the automobiles left the facility.
The places where these Covishield vaccines will be flown from Pune consist of Delhi, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Karnal, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chandigarh and Bhubaneswar. The vaccines will be flown from Pune in 8 commercial flights, consisting of 2 cargo flights, the source stated. The first freight flight will cover Hyderabad, Vijayawada, and Bhubaneswar and the 2nd freight flight will go to Kolkata and Guwahati, he included. The consignment for Mumbai will leave by road. Trucks coming from Kool-ex Cold Chain Ltd are being utilized to shuttle the vaccine stocks from Serum Institute. Among the first batch, one consignment is set up to be shipped 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 federal government on Monday put firm orders in advanced dedications for over 6 crore doses of vaccines from Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech for inoculating three crore healthcare and frontline employees in the very first stage of the across the country vaccination drive starting January 16.
Engaging with state chief ministers on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underscored the enormity of what he called as the world’s most significant vaccination exercise, saying over 30 crore citizens will get the jabs in the next few months in India against only 2.5 crore people vaccinated so far in over 50 countries in around a month.
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