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Ahead of 16 January COVID-19 inoculation drive, over 56 lakh doses of Covishield despatched to 13 cities – India News , Firstpost

The vaccination drive will begin on 16 January, throughout which precedence will likely be given to round three crore healthcare and frontline staff

With India’s COVID-19 inoculation drive set to begin on Saturday (16 January), Pune’s Serum Institute of India dispatched over 56 lakh doses of the Oxford vaccine Covishield to 13 cities on Tuesday, in line with a number of media reviews.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, a Vistara flight transported 4 containers of Covaxin from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. Another Vistara flight carried 16 containers of Covishield from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai to Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi.

SpiceJet stated it transported 3.5 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday from Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad to 11 cities throughout the nation. “On 13 January, 2021, SpiceJet shipped 111 containers of COVID-19 vaccine, weighing 3.5 tonnes from Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad to 11 cities together with Bagdogra, Dehradun, Srinagar, Jammu, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Jabalpur, Ranchi, Rajkot, Delhi and Bengaluru,” the airline stated in an announcement.

From Mumbai, SpiceJet flights carried 74 containers of Serum Institute of India’s Covishield vaccine to varied cities together with two to Bagdogra, 10 to Dehradun, seven to Srinagar, six to Jammu, six to Kanpur, 9 to Gorakhpur, 13 to Jabalpur, 14 to Ranchi and 7 to Rajkot.

A SpiceJet flight carried a cargo of three containers of Covaxin from Hyderabad to Bengaluru, whereas one other flight of the identical service carried 34 containers of Covishield from Pune to Delhi. The first consignment of Covishield reached Mumbai on Wednesday morning from Pune in a particular car of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The first consignment of Covidshield vaccine arrived on the Cochin worldwide airport on Wednesday morning, with one other anticipated to succeed in Thiruvananthapuram worldwide airport within the later hours. A day after receiving over 40,000 vials of Covishield, one other 20,000 doses reached Odisha’s Biju Patnaik International Airport, in line with Indian Express. Goa additionally obtained 23,500 doses of Covishield vaccine through a flight from Mumbai, whereas 56,500 doses of Covishield had been flown into Agartala.

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma stated that round 35,000 doses of Covishield reached the State Vaccination Center in Shillong. Meanwhile, the primary consignment of three.23 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine reached Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur from Pune on Wednesday through an IndiGo flight, in line with PTI.

On Tuesday, the vials had been delivered by way of 9 flights from 4 airways to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Chandigarh.

The first consignment of vaccines, carrying 2,64,000 doses, was despatched to Delhi by way of a SpiceJet flight, in line with a Hindustan Times report.

The coronavirus vaccine will likely be administered throughout 89 websites in Delhi, of which 36 are authorities hospitals and 53 are personal hospitals, stated Delhi well being minister Satyendar Jain. Three lakh healthcare staff and 6 lakh frontline staff together with the police and civil defence personnel will likely be vaccinated within the first two rounds, adopted by 42 lakh individuals above the age of 50 and people under with comorbidities.

Kolkata was despatched essentially the most variety of doses – 9,96,000 – by way of a SpiceJet flight whereas Chandigarh obtained 2,28,000 doses through an Indigo flight. Chennai and Ahmedabad bought 7,08,000 and a couple of,76,000 doses of the Oxford vaccine through GoAir and Air India flights respectively.

In Hyderabad, 3,72,000 doses of vaccines had been delivered in a SpiceJet flight whereas Vijaywada obtained 4,08,000 vials through one other SpiceJet flight. Hyderabad, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Bengaluru and Patna bought 3,72,000, 4,80,000, 2,76,000, 6,48,000 and 5,52,000 doses of vaccine respectively in on 5 totally different SpiceJet flights. Lucknow bought 2,64,000 vaccine vials in a GoAir flight.

Karnataka well being minister Dr Ok Sudhakar stated Karnakata has two vaccines storage amenities in Bengaluru and Belagavi, moreover 5 regional storage centres at Chitradurga, Kalburgi, Dakshina Kannada, Mysuru and Bagalakote. Meanwhile, Rajasthan well being minister Raghu Sharma stated the state expects to vaccinate round 4.5 lakh individuals within the first section of vaccination.

A vaccine consignment left for Mumbai on Tuesday night, to be despatched to 27 locations throughout the nation on Wednesday. The Centre stated all of the vaccine vials – 1.1 crore of Covishield and 55 lakh of Covaxin – will likely be obtained by 14 January.

Union well being secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated there are 4 Central Government Medical Stores Depots at Chennai, Karnal, Kolkata and Mumbai to obtain the Covaxin vials. Besides this, all states have a minimum of one regional vaccine retailer. Uttar Pradesh has 9 shops, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat 4, Kerala has three amenities, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Rajasthan have two every, he stated.

While the Maharashtra authorities has skilled 18,000 vaccinators and arrange 4,200 centres and three,145 chilly chain programs, Rajasthan has recognized 1,800 vaccination session websites and greater than 5,000 vaccinators for administering the vaccine.

The vaccination drive will begin on 16 January, throughout which precedence will likely be given to round three crore healthcare and frontline staff. Following them will likely be these above 50 years of age and the under-50 inhabitants teams with co-morbidities, estimated to be round 27 crore.

Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin got a go forward for restricted emergency use by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) final week. In the primary section, the price of vaccination for these Three crore individuals can be borne by the Central Government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated on Monday.

SII CEO Adar Poonawalla stated the institute has provided the vaccine to the Central Government at a particular worth of Rs 200. He additionally stated that after the SII will get the requisite permission, the vaccine will likely be made accessible within the personal marketplace for Rs 1,000.

With inputs from PTI

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