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First batch of Covid-19 vaccines reach India’s 13 cities

BSS, NEW DELHI
First batch of Covid-19 vaccines reach India’s 13 cities

The first batch of “Covishield” vaccine was delivered today in 13 Indian cities including Delhi, Assam, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu by air as the country is set to launch a massive vaccination drive on January 16.

As many as 1.3 billion people of the country are likely to get vaccinated during the drive, which officials described as the “world’s biggest inoculation drive” to fight against coronavirus that created havoc across the globe.

Covishield, manufactured by Serum Institute of India (SII), has been rolled out with temperature-controlled trucks amid tight security for Delhi and 12 other cities across the country in the early hours of today.

India is set to transport some 5.65 million Covid-19 vaccine doses on Day 1. Four operators — Air India, Spicejet, GoAir and IndiGo — will operate nine flights from Pune to various cities to transport the vaccine, according to India’s Civil Aviation sources.

“The first two flights operated by SpiceJet and GoAir took off with the vaccines to Delhi and Chennai,” Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri tweeted today.

Besides, Air India, SpiceJet and IndiGo Airlines will operate nine flights today from Pune with 56.5 lakh doses to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Chandigarh, he said in another tweet.

Two vaccines, Covishield and Covaxin, have been given emergency use authorisation (EUA) by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI).

Covishield has been developed jointly by Oxford University and AstraZeneca and Covaxin is India’s first and indigenous vaccine against Covid-19, which has been developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech International Limited.

In the first phase of India’s vaccination plan, 30 million frontline workers will be vaccinated while 300 million citizens will be vaccinated in the next few months.

Meanwhile, the Indian government has placed an order with Serum Institute of India (SII) to purchase 11 million doses of the Covishield vaccine at 200 rupees each.

India is the world’s second worst-hit country after the United States with more than 10.47 million cases, as per the Union health ministry’s data on Tuesday.

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 1,04,79,179 with 12,584 new coronavirus cases being reported in a span of 24 hours, the lowest in around six-and-half months, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data updated today.

The death toll reached 1,51,327 with 167 more fatalities in the country.

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