Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Second batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrive at Kochi airport

The second batch of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) on Wednesday morning. A GoAir flight carrying 22 boxes of vaccine landed at Kochi airport at 11:15 am carrying 3,60,500 doses of vaccines.

According to the health officials, 12 boxes of the consignment are allotted for Ernakulam district and nine boxes will be sent to Kozhikode. One box is meant for Lakshadweep. The boxes for Ernakulam and Kozhikode were transported by freezer trucks. The box containing vaccine for Lakshadweep was ramp transferred to a Pawan Hans which departed for the Island immediately.

According to sources, each box contains 9500 doses of vaccines. “The doses for the five districts including Palakkad, Thrissur, Idukki and Kottayam will be distributed by evening,” said a health official.

During the first phase, Ernakulam district received 1.80 lakh doses. The vaccine was packed in 15 boxes with 12000 doses each.

The storage facility for the vaccine vials in its required temperatures has been arranged at four centres in the districts. The health department vehicles transported the vials to the storage centres immediately after the consignment was unloaded from the aircraft.

20/01/21 New Indian Express

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