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“Could all be free from illness” — with this slogan printed on every field, the cargo of Serum Institute of India’s Covishield set out from Pune to different components of India on Tuesday morning, kickstarting the most important rollout of a vaccine within the nation’s historical past.
Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad, the 4 main regional depots for Covid-19 vaccines, acquired their quantum of Covishield doses inside 10 hours since their dispatch started from the SII premises at 4.30am on Tuesday. Total, 55 lakh of the overall 1.1 crore doses had been dispatched from the SII premises until 5pm on Tuesday, officers confirmed. “The transport train for the remaining doses will proceed until Wednesday night,” a senior SII official stated.
Different cities like Patna, Guwahati, Vijaywada, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar and Chandigarh additionally acquired their sanctioned doses by air on Tuesday afternoon.
Whereas UP, Bihar, Bengal, Odisha, Punjab, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jammu & Kashmir, Assam, Meghalaya and Delhi acquired part of their quota for the primary section of vaccination by Tuesday night, states like Maharashtra, Haryana, Kerala, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Himachal, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, amongst others, will get their shipments within the subsequent 24 to 48 hours.
Among the many states that acquired the vaccine on Tuesday, Bengal topped the record with 10 lakh doses, adopted by Karnataka (6.68 lakh doses), Bihar (5.49 lakh doses) and Tamil Nadu (5.36 lakh doses). As many as 9.63 lakh doses of Covishield will probably be shipped out from Pune to different components of Maharashtra on Wednesday.
The Centre has positioned orders to acquire 1.1 crore doses of Covishield and 55 lakh doses of Covaxin, which is being produced by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech. Whereas Covishield is priced at Rs 200 per dose, the association with Bharat Biotech is such that it’s charging Rs 295 per dose for 38.5 lakh doses and offering the remainder 16.5 lakh doses freed from value. “Therefore, the price of Covaxin is Rs 206 per dose,” Union well being seceratry Rajesh Bhushan stated.
Covaxin doses will attain Hyderabad airport early Wednesday morning after which they are going to be shipped to round 11 locations throughout the nation, together with Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Patna, Lucknow and Jaipur, sources in Bharat Biotech and the aviation business confirmed to TOI.
The primary vaccine consignment of the nation, comprising 2.64 lakh Covishield doses loaded in three vehicles, arrived at Pune airport’s cargo dealing with and processing facility at 5.30am on Tuesday and was shipped out at 8.05 am on SpiceXpress flight SG8937.
At the moment, SII is manufacturing 7 crore to eight crore vaccine doses per 30 days. Personal gamers have been roped in for offering refrigerated vehicles, vans and chilly storage.
Sources at Pune airport stated 456 containers containing the vaccine vials and weighing 15,000kg had been transported to totally different states in 9 plane of various airways. “GoAir was the second in line and flew to Chennai with 59 containers of the vaccine. The flight left Pune airport at 8.45am and reached Chennai at 10.20am,” an airport official stated.
Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted: “Air India, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir will function 9 flights from Pune with 56.5 lakh doses to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Chandigarh.”
Airways known as the beginning of the vaccine transportation a historic step. “We at GoAir are overwhelmed with the type of accountability bestowed upon us to move the life-saving Covid-19 vaccines. We’re grateful that we now have acquired a chance to contribute to the vaccine motion,” Kaushik Khona, chief govt officer of GoAir, stated.
IndiGo, in its official assertion, stated they transported 900kg vaccine load from Pune to Chandigarh and Lucknow. “Beginning January 13, the vaccine will probably be transported from Mumbai to different cities on the idea of allocation,” an IndiGo spokesperson stated.
“Completely happy that of the 50 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses delivered Tuesday, SpiceJet delivered 40 lakh,” SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh Tweeted.
After receiving the primary vaccine flight, DIAL CEO Videh Kumar Jaipuria stated: “…we now have acquired the primary batch of Covid-19 vaccine at our airport… Each our terminals can deal with round 5.7 million vials in a day.”
(With inputs from Sushmi Dey in Delhi and Swati Bhardwaj in Hyderabad)

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