The first batches of Covaxin, the Bharat Biotech’s coronavirus vaccine, left Hyderabad early this morning for Delhi and 10 different cities, a day after Serum Institute of India rolled out its vaccine in opposition to COVID-19 forward of the nationwide inoculation drive on Saturday which officers say would be the ‘world’s largest’.
The consignment was flown to Delhi by Air India. The consignment reportedly included three containers, weighing 80.5 kg.
“The first consignment of vaccine from Bharat Biotech is being carried by Air India on AI 559 from Hyderabad to Delhi on Wednesday at 0640 hours,” an official was quoted as saying by information company ANI.
Apart from Delhi, the vaccines are being despatched to Bengaluru, Chennai, Patna, Jaipur and Lucknow, officers mentioned.
The Hyderabad-based vaccinemaker will roll out 14 consignments from its manufacturing unit right now, they added.
According to the Health Ministry, 55 lakh doses of Covaxin and 1.1 crore doses of Covishield – produced by Serum Institute – are being procured. Both these vaccines have been permitted by the nation’s drug regulator for restricted emergency use.
Bharat Biotech is charging ₹ 295 per dose for 38.5 lakh doses. The firm, which has partnered with the Indian Council of Medical Research for the vaccine, will give 16.5 lakh doses to the centre freed from price.
The centre has acquired 54,72,000 doses of vaccines in opposition to the coronavirus up to now, the Union Health Ministry mentioned on Tuesday. “100 percent doses to be received by January 14 in all states/UTs,” it added.
Both the vaccines — Covishield and Covaxin — acquired emergency use approval from the Drug Controller of India earlier this month. Both are two-dose vaccines, which must be administered at a 28-day hole.