Corona virus The final battle against today has started. The Serum Institute of India has delivered the Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield vaccine to the Government of India and its first batch has departed from the production center in Pune this morning to different vaccine centers in the country. The first consignment of the Corona vaccine was sent to Delhi, which is bringing SpiceJet flights. SpiceJet flight carrying the vaccine from Pune airport flew to Delhi at eight in the morning. Three hours earlier, the first batch of the vaccine was cleared by filling it in three trucks from the production center of the Serum Institute, 15 km from Pune Airport.
Pune Airport tweeted and said that India should be ready, vaccine is being loaded into aircraft to kill the epidemic, so that it can be distributed throughout the country. Three temperature-controlled trucks were flown from the Serum Institute’s gate to Pune airport shortly before 5 am, from where vaccines are being transported across India. Let us tell you that the government on Monday ordered the purchase of 1.1 crore doses of Kovishield, Kovid-19 vaccine of Oxford from SII. On each vaccine GST Including the cost of 210 rupees. Today, on Tuesday morning, the first consignment of the Kovishield vaccine was dispatched from the production center of Serum Institute of India in Pune with complete security arrangements.
The first flight carrying COVID19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ has departed from Pune International Airport to Delhi. https://t.co/9QhSUWF1WC
– ANI (@ANI) January 12, 2021
SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh said that today SpiceJet flight is carrying the first consignment of Corona vaccine. The first batch of ‘Kovishield’ coming from Pune to Delhi has 34 boxes, which is due to 1088 kg. Apart from Delhi, the vaccine will be delivered today from seven other flights at 12 different locations of the country.
Let me tell you that earlier the police arrived at the Pune airport from the production center of Kovishield Vaccine Serum under security, from where it is now being delivered to the countrywide location. The Maharashtra government has decided to provide police protection to trucks carrying vaccines to airports and state borders.
SpiceJet has carried India’s first consignment of Covid vaccine today. The first consignment of ‘Covishield’ consisting of 34 boxes and weighing 1088 kg was carried from #Pune to #Delhi: Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, SpiceJet pic.twitter.com/YEfiiENJBO
– ANI (@ANI) January 12, 2021
Significantly, India has recently approved the manufacture of two vaccines for emergency use with restrictions in the country. These include a serum institute ‘Oxford Kovishield’ and Bharat Biotech’s ‘Kovaxin’. According to the Ministry of Health, a person should take two doses of the vaccine in 28 days to complete the vaccination schedule. Then two weeks after taking the second dose the protective level of the antibody usually develops.
Public Sector HLL Lifecare Limited, on behalf of the Union Ministry of Health, issued a supply order for the Serum Institute of India (SII) in the name of Additional Director Prakash Kumar Singh. Sources said that the dose of the Kovishield vaccine will be delivered via shipment to 60 locations from where it will be sent for further distribution. The government has ordered 55 lakh doses of Bharat Biotech, which costs Rs 162 crore. Official sources said that the government has committed to purchase 4.5 crore vaccines by April. This entire order will cost more than Rs 1100 crore.
Initially sent to 60 centers
Sources said that the doses of covishield vaccine would initially be sent to 60 wholesale centers from where they would be distributed to various vaccination centers across India. More than 2,54,500 doses of Kovishield are to be distributed at the Central Storage, Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, Tahirpur, Delhi. ‘The Ministry of Health has designated HLL Lifecare Limited on 11 January as the procurement agency for the purchase of the vaccine. The Ministry of Health is the purchasing agency for this and LLL Lifecare Limited is the procurement agency.
Corona warriors of the front line will start
According to the Kovid-19 vaccine guidelines, vaccination will be first introduced to healthcare workers and frontline Corona warriors. After that the dose will be given to persons over 50 years of age. After this, a person under 50 years of age will get a dose in case of infection.
Immunization campaign starts from 16
Kovid-19 vaccination campaign will begin in the country from January 16, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has described as the world’s largest vaccination campaign. In the beginning, priority will be given to three crore health workers and advance front personnel of the country.