The first batch of Covishield, the Serum Institute of India’s coronavirus vaccine, left Pune early this morning, 4 days forward of the nationwide inoculation drive in opposition to COVID-19.
Amid tight safety, three temperature-controlled vehicles rolled out of the Serum Institute gates with their treasured cargo shortly earlier than 5 am. The vehicles carried 478 packing containers of the vaccines, every field weighing 32 kg, information company PTI reported quoting an unnamed official. A ”puja” was carried out earlier than the automobiles left the ability for the Pune airport.
From the airport, the vaccines are being dispatched to 12 cities.
“Ready get set go! Stand by India! The vaccine to kill the illness is being loaded into the plane for distribution all around the nation now,” Pune airport tweeted.
– PuneAirport (@aaipunairport) January 12, 2021
A SpiceJet flight carrying the vaccines left for the nationwide capital round 8 am.
“We will probably be carrying a number of vaccine consignments to totally different Indian cities together with Guwahati, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru, Patna and Vijayawada via the day in the present day. SpiceJet is absolutely dedicated and ready to move the Covid vaccine each inside and out of doors India. Today marks the start of an extended and decisive section in India’s combat in opposition to the pandemic and SpiceJet is proud to help within the greatest vaccination drive within the historical past of mankind,” mentioned Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet.
The vaccines are being flown out in eight business flights, together with two cargo flights, based on PTI. The first cargo flight will cowl Hyderabad, Vijayawada, and Bhubaneswar and the second cargo flight will go to Kolkata and Guwahati, PTI reported quoting a supply.
The consignment for Mumbai will depart by highway.
The authorities has ordered 1.01 crore doses of Covishield and plans to purchase a complete of 5.60 crore doses by April, at ₹ 200 per dose.
The Hindustan Lifecare Limited or HLL, a Central enterprise, is the company which can purchase the vaccines from each Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech.
Two vaccines — the Covishield developed by the Oxford University and pharma main AstraZeneca and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin — acquired emergency use approval from the Drug Controller of India earlier this month. Both are two-dose vaccines, which must be administered at a 28-day hole.
The rollout of the vaccines has been scheduled for January 16. The authorities has mentioned that 30 crore individuals – beginning with well being employees and frontline employees just like the police, civil defence personnel and sanitation employees – will probably be administered the vaccine within the first section.
After them, the opposite susceptible group, people who find themselves over the age of fifty years and people who undergo from co-morbidities together with diabetes and hypertension, will even be administered the vaccine.
With inputs from businesses