Serum Institute of India's first vaccine consignments to reach 13 locations today

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The first flight will leave for Delhi from Pune airport. A total of eight flights- two cargo flights and other regular commercial flights will carry the vaccines.

 

Four days ahead of the nationwide inoculation drive against Covid-19, Serum Institute's first Covid vaccine consignment to reach 13 locations today.

Amid tight security, the first consignment containing vials of Covishield vaccine were dispatched from the Serum Institute of India, Pune, in the early hours of Tuesday.

According to the ANI report, the first flight will leave for Delhi from Pune airport. A total of eight flights- two cargo flights and other regular commercial flights will carry the vaccines.

The locations include Delhi, Karnal, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubhaneshwar, Kolkata and Guwahati.

The first Cargo flight with the vaccines will drop off the consignment at Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Bhubhaneshwar while the second cargo flight will go to Kolkata and Guwahati.

Pune-based logistic firm Kool-ex Cold Chain tasked with ferrying the vaccine stocks via tech-enabled trucks laced with temperature control feature ranging from -25 degrees to +25 degrees Celsius.

Serum Institute of India (SII) has received a purchase order from the Government of India for 11 million doses of Covishield vaccine, which would be available at the price of Rs 200 per dose, SII officials had said on Monday

The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country is starting from January 16. 

Around 3 crore healthcare workers and frontline workers will be vaccinated in the first phase of vaccination.

In the second phase, those above 50 years and those under 50 years with co-morbid conditions will be vaccinated.

 

With inputs from Agency

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