Colossal Covid-19 vaccination drive: A look at cities covered in first phase

Amid tight security, three trucks carrying the very first consignment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine left for Pune airport to be flown to 13 locations across the country today.

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Colossal Covid-19 vaccination drive: A look at cities covered in first phase

Colossal Covid-19 vaccination drive: A look at cities covered in first phase

New Delhi: Ahead of the first phase of the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive scheduled to start from January 16. Vaccine transportation has already started from Pune to 13 locations across the country.

The first consignment containing vials of the Covishield vaccine were dispatched from the Serum Institute of India here in the early hours of Tuesday. Covishield is among the two coronavirus vaccines in India that have been given approval for emergency use authorisation.

Colossal Covid-19 vaccination drive: A look at cities covered in first phase

Earlier today, Amid tight security, three trucks carrying the very first consignment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine left for Pune airport to be flown to 13 locations across the country today.

56.5 lakh vaccine doses transported to these cities:

56.5 lakh doses of vaccines are being transported to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Chandigarh, from Pune, informed Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

“Civil aviation sector launches yet another momentous mission. Vaccine movement starts. First two flights operated by SpiceJet and GoAir from Pune to Delhi and Chennai have taken off,” he tweeted.

“Today Air India, SpiceJet, GoAir and IndiGo will operate nine flights from Pune with 56.5 lakh doses to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Chandigarh,” Puri added.

The first consignment of 2,76,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covidshield’ arrived in Ahmedabad from Pune. D Patel, Additional Director, Family Welfare, Gujarat Government said that 2.76 lakh doses of the vaccines will be given to Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bhavnagar zones. Vaccination will begin at 287 session sites from January 16.

Vaccination drive to start on January 16

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier said around 3 crore healthcare workers and frontline workers will be vaccinated in the first phase of vaccination.  In the second phase, those above 50 years and those under 50 years with co-morbid conditions will be vaccinated.

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Serum Institute of India (SII) has already received a purchase order from the Government of India for 11 million doses of Covishield vaccine, which would be available at the price of Rs 200 per dose, SII officials had said on Monday

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