Wednesday, January 13, 2021

First consignment of 54,900 vials of COVID-19 vaccines reaches Patna

Patna: The first consignment of 54,900 vials of Covishield vaccines landed at the Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport here on Tuesday, four days ahead of the launch of a nationwide inoculation drive against COVID-19.

A SpiceJet flight (SG757) carrying the vaccines from the Serum Institute of India facility in Pune landed at the airport at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, a press release issued by the State Health Society (SHS) here said.

"Made in India 54,900 vials of Coronavirus vaccine Covishield reached Patna. People in Bihar will be vaccinated from January 16 (2021)," Bihars Health minister Mangal Pandey tweeted.

Each vial contains 10 doses of the vaccine, the SHS release said.

Besides the health minister, health departments Principal Secretary Pratyaya Amrit and SHS Executive Director Manoj Kumar were present at the airport here to receive the consignment.

The first batch of vaccines was taken in refrigerated vans to the State Vaccine Store at Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) here.

12/01/21 New Indian Express

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