April 20, 2021

First Covishield vaccines consignment leaves Serum Institute’s facility

PUNE: A decisive part in India’s battle in opposition to coronavirus started within the wee hours on Tuesday as the primary consignment of Covishield vaccines left Serum Institute of India for Pune airport, 4 days forward of the nationwide inoculation drive launch.

Three temperature-controlled vehicles rolled out of the Serum Institute gates shortly earlier than 5 am and left for Pune airport, from the place the vaccines will probably be flown throughout India.

The vehicles carried 478 containers of the vaccines, every field weighing 32 kg, a supply concerned within the vaccine transport preparations advised PTI.

The vehicles left the Serum Institute of India premises at Manjari and reached the airport, situated 15 km from the power.

From the airport, the vaccines will probably be dispatched to 13 places throughout the nation by 10 am, the supply stated.

A ‘puja’ was carried out earlier than the autos left the power.

The places the place these Covishield vaccines will probably be flown from Pune embody Delhi, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Karnal, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chandigarh and Bhubaneswar.

The vaccines will probably be flown from Pune in eight business flights, together with two cargo flights, the supply stated. The primary cargo flight will cowl Hyderabad, Vijayawada, and Bhubaneswar and the second cargo flight will go to Kolkata and Guwahati, he added.

The consignment for Mumbai will go away by street. Vans belonging to Kool-ex Chilly Chain Ltd are getting used to ferry the vaccine stocks from Serum Institute.

Among the many first batch, one consignment is scheduled to be shipped by an Air India cargo flight to Ahmedabad.

On Monday, Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel tweeted that his state will obtain the primary consignment of coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday at 10.45 am on the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport in Ahmedabad.

The Central authorities on Monday positioned agency orders in superior commitments for over six crore doses of vaccines from Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech for inoculating three crore healthcare and frontline employees within the first part 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 known as because the world’s greatest vaccination train, saying over 30 crore residents will get the jabs within the subsequent few months in India in opposition to solely 2.5 crore individuals vaccinated up to now in over 50 international locations in round a month.