Friday, January 08, 2021

First Shipment Of Covid Vaccine To Land At Delhi Airport From Pune Soon

New Delhi: The first shipment of Covishield - the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and manufactured by the Serum Institute - is expected to land at Delhi's Indira Gandhi airport tonight.

The shipment, which is being carried on Air India flight AI 850 from Pune, will likely be immediately shifted to the Rajeev Gandhi Superspeciality Hospital, where a cold storage facility has been set up. The hospital will serve as the main storage facility for the national capital and from there vials will be sent to over 600 cold chain points in the city.

In the event it is not possible to transfer the shipment tonight, it may be kept at the airport (which also has a cold storage facility) and taken to the hospital early Friday morning.

"The airport has cold chambers which can store at least 27 lakh vials and up to 80 lakh vials can be transported per day," Videh Kumar Jaipuriya, the airport's CEO, told NDTV last month.

Delhi airport has two cold chambers in the main cold storage area - one can maintain temperatures at -20 degrees Celsius and will likely be used to store the Moderna vaccine, should it come to India.

The other - which can maintain a temperature range of two to eight degrees Celsius - has been earmarked to store Covishield and Covaxin, the vaccine from Bharat Biotech.

07/01/21  Mukesh Singh Sengar/Sukirti Dwivedi/NDTV

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