First Consignment Of Around 6.89 Lakh Covid-19 Vaccines Arrives In West Bengal

The consignment will be transported in two insulated vans from the city airport to a state-owned store at Baghbazar, the official said

The first consignment of around 6.89 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in West Bengal on Tuesday in a special flight from Pune, a senior official of the West Bengal health department said.

“The first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines from Pune reached the city at around 1.40 pm. There are around 6.89 lakh doses of the vaccines,” he told PTI

The consignment will be transported in two insulated vans from the city airport to a state-owned store at Baghbazar, the official said.

The vaccines will be dispatched from the depot to various districts on Wednesday.

Five walk-in-coolers and four walk-in-freezers have been installed in the Baghbazar store to keep the vaccines, he said.

India will launch its COVID-19 vaccination drive from January 16 with priority to be given to nearly three crore healthcare and frontline workers.

The country had recently granted emergency use authorisation to two vaccines, Oxford’s Covishield being manufactured by Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.

Indian airlines began distributing batches of COVID-19 vaccines across the country on Tuesday, getting ready to begin a campaign offering vaccinations to 1.3 billion people in what officials term the world’s largest vaccination drive.

Authorities aim to inoculate 300 million people at high risk within the next six to eight months. Vaccinations are expected to start on Saturday.

Second, 30 million health and other frontline staff will receive the vaccine, followed by around 270 million people over the age of 50 or considered to be at high risk.

Airlines were due to deliver 5.65 million vaccine doses to various cities on Tuesday, aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Twitter.

Today, Air India, SpiceJet, and IndiGo Airlines will operate 9 flights 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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