Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad, the 4 main regional depots for Covid-19 vaccines, acquired their quantum of Covishield doses inside 10 hours since their dispatch started from the SII premises at 4.30am on Tuesday. Overall, 55 lakh of the overall 1.1 crore doses have been dispatched from the SII premises until 5pm on Tuesday, officers confirmed. “The transport exercise for the remaining doses will continue till Wednesday evening,” a senior SII official mentioned.
Other cities like Patna, Guwahati, Vijaywada, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar and Chandigarh additionally acquired their sanctioned doses by air on Tuesday afternoon.
While UP, Bihar, Bengal, Odisha, Punjab, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jammu & Kashmir, Assam, Meghalaya and Delhi acquired part of their quota for the primary part of vaccination by Tuesday night, states like Maharashtra, Haryana, Kerala, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Himachal, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh, amongst others, will get their shipments within the subsequent 24 to 48 hours.
Among the states that acquired the vaccine on Tuesday, Bengal topped the listing with 10 lakh doses, adopted by Karnataka (6.68 lakh doses), Bihar (5.49 lakh doses) and Tamil Nadu (5.36 lakh doses). As many as 9.63 lakh doses of Covishield will likely be shipped out from Pune to different components of Maharashtra on Wednesday.
The Centre has positioned orders to obtain 1.1 crore doses of Covishield and 55 lakh doses of Covaxin, which is being produced by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech. While Covishield is priced at Rs 200 per dose, the association with Bharat Biotech is such that it’s charging Rs 295 per dose for 38.5 lakh doses and offering the remainder 16.5 lakh doses freed from value. “Hence, the cost of Covaxin is Rs 206 per dose,” Union well being seceratry Rajesh Bhushan mentioned.
Covaxin doses will attain Hyderabad airport early Wednesday morning after which they are going to be shipped to round 11 locations throughout the nation, together with Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Patna, Lucknow and Jaipur, sources in Bharat Biotech and the aviation business confirmed to TOI.
The first vaccine consignment of the nation, comprising 2.64 lakh Covishield doses loaded in three vehicles, arrived at Pune airport’s cargo dealing with and processing facility at 5.30am on Tuesday and was shipped out at 8.05 am on SpiceXpress flight SG8937.
Currently, SII is manufacturing 7 crore to eight crore vaccine doses monthly. Private gamers have been roped in for offering refrigerated vehicles, vans and chilly storage.
Sources at Pune airport mentioned 456 bins containing the vaccine vials and weighing 15,000kg have been transported to totally different states in 9 plane of various airways. “GoAir was the second in line and flew to Chennai with 59 boxes of the vaccine. The flight left Pune airport at 8.45am and reached Chennai at 10.20am,” an airport official mentioned.
Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted: “Air India, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir 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.”
Airlines referred to as the beginning of the vaccine transportation a historic step. “We at GoAir are overwhelmed with the kind of responsibility bestowed upon us to transport the life-saving Covid-19 vaccines. We are grateful that we have got an opportunity to contribute to the vaccine movement,” Kaushik Khona, chief govt officer of GoAir, mentioned.
IndiGo, in its official assertion, mentioned they transported 900kg vaccine load from Pune to Chandigarh and Lucknow. “Starting January 13, the vaccine will be transported from Mumbai to other cities on the basis of allocation,” an IndiGo spokesperson mentioned.
“Happy that of the 50 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses delivered Tuesday, SpiceJet delivered 40 lakh,” SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh Tweeted.
After receiving the primary vaccine flight, DIAL CEO Videh Kumar Jaipuria mentioned: “…we have received the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine at our airport… Both our terminals can handle around 5.7 million vials in a day.”
(With inputs from Sushmi Dey in Delhi and Swati Bhardwaj in Hyderabad)