India’s first consignment of COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covidshield’ carried from Pune to Delhi by SpiceJet

India's first consignment of COVID-19 vaccine 'Covidshield' carried from Pune to Delhi by SpiceJet

India’s first consignment of the COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covidshield’ was carried from Pune to Delhi by SpiceJet on Tuesday (January 12) which consisted of 34 boxes and weighed 1,088 kilograms, said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet.

Just days ahead of the January 16 launch of the nationwide vaccination drive, the first consignment containing vials of Covishield vaccine were rolled out from the Serum Institute of India (SII) in the early hours of Tuesday.

Under tight security, three trucks carrying the very first consignment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine started its journey for the Pune airport, set to be flown to 13 locations across the country today.

“The first flight will leave for Delhi from Pune airport,” Sandip Bhosale, SB Logistics, the logistics team which is handling air transport of Covishield vaccine from Pune International Airport was quoted as saying by ANI.

He further added that a total eight flights — two cargo flights and other regular commercial flights — will continue to carry the vaccines out to their destinations.

“All vaccines will be dispatched by 10 am,” he added.

Air India, SpiceJet and IndiGo Airlines will also operate 9 flights today from Pune with 56.5 lakh doses to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow & Chandigarh, says Union Civil Aviation Min Hardeep S Puri.

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