About half a crore doses of Serum Institute of India’s (SII’s) Covishield vaccine were shipped out of Pune to cities across India on Tuesday. The country launched its final phase of preparations for the mass inoculation drive against the novel coronavirus that begins on Saturday.
The first consignment of 2.64 lakh doses of the vaccine took off for Delhi on a flight soon after 8 am, landing in the national capital a little before 10 am. Another two flights switched off to Chennai and Ahmedabad.
The last flight of the day with the vaccine cargo, flight to Lucknow, left Pune at 2.10 pm.
By 4 pm, 54.72 lakh doses of the vaccine had reached stores around the country, the Health Ministry said at a briefing in the evening.
The first consignment of Covishield vaccine has reached Bengaluru from the Serum Institute of India in Pune on Tuesday morning. The commencement of COVID-19 vaccination in India starting from January 16.
In the morning, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had posted on Twitter that the four carriers would operate nine flights from Pune to ferry 56.5 lakh doses of the vaccine to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Shillong, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru, Patna, Lucknow, and Chandigarh.