Tuesday, January 12, 2021

From Pune To Delhi: Maiden Flight With Covid-19 Vaccines Lands Ahead Of Inoculation Drive

The first batch of Covid-19 vaccine Covishield manufactured by Serum Institute of India has reached New Delhi from Pune on Tuesday, officials said. The vaccine movement comes four days ahead of the nationwide vaccination drive, which is expected to inoculate three crore frontline and healthcare workers in the first phase.

A SpiceJet flight with vaccines on board landed around 10 am today at the Delhi airport. It left Pune around 8 am, three hours after trucks, lugging the maiden consignment of the Covishield vaccine, rolled out of the Serum Institute of India facility 15 km from the Pune airport.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said four airlines will operate nine flights to transport 56.5 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine from Pune to 13 cities across the nation on Tuesday.

Vaccine movement has started, he wrote on Twitter, adding that first two flights operated by "SpiceJet and GoAir from Pune to Delhi and Chennai have taken off".

Three temperature-controlled trucks rolled out of the Serum Institute gates shortly before 5 am and left for Pune airport, from where the vaccines will be flown across India.

12/01/21 Outlook

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