First Covishield Vaccines Consignment Leaves Serum Institute 4 Days Ahead of India’s Inoculation Drive Launch

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    First Covishield Vaccines Consignment Leaves Serum Institute 4 Days Ahead of India’s Shot Drive Release

    A decisive stage in India’s battle against coronavirus began in the wee hours on Tuesday as the very first consignment of Covishield vaccines left Serum Institute of India for Pune airport, four days ahead of the across the country shot drive launch.

    3 temperature-controlled trucks presented 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 brought 478 boxes of the vaccines, each box weighing 32 kg, a source associated with the vaccine transport arrangements informed PTI. The trucks left the Serum Institute of India properties at Manjari and reached the airport, located 15 km from the facility.

    From the airport, the vaccines will be dispatched to 13 places across the nation by 10 am, the source stated. A ‘puja’ was carried out prior to the cars left the center.

    The areas where these Covishield vaccines will be flown from Pune include Delhi, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Karnal, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chandigarh and Bhubaneswar. The vaccines will be flown from Pune in 8 commercial flights, including two freight flights, the source stated. The first cargo 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 roadway. Trucks belonging to Kool-ex Cold Chain Ltd are being used to shuttle the vaccine stocks from Serum Institute. Among the first batch, one consignment is arranged to be delivered by an Air India cargo flight to Ahmedabad.

    On Monday, Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel tweeted that his state will get the very first consignment of coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday at 10.45 am at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport in Ahmedabad. The Main federal government on Monday put firm orders in sophisticated commitments 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 phase of the nationwide vaccination drive starting January 16.

    Interacting with state chief ministers on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underscored the enormity of what he called as the world’s biggest vaccination exercise, saying over 30 crore residents will get the jabs in the next few months in India versus just 2.5 crore people vaccinated so far in over 50 countries in around a month.

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