First Covishield vaccine consignment from Pune reaches Delhi
The federal government had announced on January 9 that the vaccination program will begin with January 16 across the nation.
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Ahead of the beginning of coronavirus vaccination in India from January 16, the first consignment of Covishield vaccine has reached Delhi from the Serum Institute of India in Pune. 3 trucks left the institute early Tuesday morning for the Pune International Airport, which will be sent to various parts of the country.
An overall of 478 boxes of vaccines will be delivered in 13 cities of the nation. Each box weighs about 32 kg. Prior to the vaccine-filled trucks were dispatched, a prayer was carried out.
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed that 56.5 lakh doses of vaccines are being carried to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Chandigarh, from Pune.
” Civil air travel sector launches yet another momentous objective. Vaccine motion begins. First 2 flights run by SpiceJet and GoAir from Pune to Delhi and Chennai have actually removed,” he tweeted.
” Today Air India, SpiceJet, GoAir and IndiGo will run 9 flights from Pune with 56.5 lakh doses to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Chandigarh,” Puri included.
Earlier today, in the middle of tight security, three trucks carrying the really first consignment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine reached Pune airport to be flown to 13 places throughout the country.
In the first phase, in addition to Delhi, vaccines are being airlifted to Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Karnal, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chandigarh and Bhubaneswar. On the other hand, the vaccine will be sent straight to Mumbai via truck.
The federal government had revealed on Saturday (January 9) that the vaccination program will start from January 16 throughout the country. In the first stage, it will be administered to health workers and frontline workers, whose approximated number is around 3 crore. After this, the vaccine will be given to individuals above the age of 50 years and after that to those listed below the age of 50 who are suffering from major health problem. The variety of such individuals is around 27 crores.
Serum Institute of India (SII) has gotten an order from the Government of India for 11 million doses of Covishield vaccine, which would be readily available at the rate of Rs 200 per dosage, SII officials had stated on Monday.
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