5.65 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to be transported on Day 1: Hardeep Puri
On Tuesday morning, the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines was sent from Pune’s Serum Institute of India (SII) to several cities across India. Four carriers will operate nine flights to transport 5.65 million doses of Covishield.
Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted, “Civil aviation sector launches yet another momentous mission. Vaccine movement starts. First two flights operated by @flyspicejet and @goairlinesindia from Pune to Delhi and Chennai have taken off.”
‘Today @airindiain, @flyspicejet, @goairlinesindia and @IndiGo6E will operate 9 flights from Pune with 56.5 lakh doses to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Chandigarh’ , Puri said in another tweet.
The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has given emergency use authorisation (EUA) to two vaccines. These vaccines include Covishield, which is produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca and is manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII). Another vaccine is the Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech International Limited. The first consignment of the Covid vaccines which took off from Pune international airport has landed in Delhi.
On Monday, Prime Minister Modi interacted with chief ministers and discussed the country’s vaccination plan as the world’s largest vaccination drive will commence from January 16 in India. 30 million frontline workers will be vaccinated in the first phase, PM said in the meeting. Adding to his statement he said that the government would vaccinate 300 million citizens in the next few months.