Wednesday, January 13, 2021

2.4 lakh Covishield vaccine doses for Assam, Meghalaya arrive in Guwahati

Guwahati: A SpiceJet freighter from Pune via Kolkata delivered 2,40,000 doses of Covishield vaccines for Assam and Meghalaya at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport in Guwahati at around 5pm.

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “We are starting the involution exercise for doctors and nurses from January 16 morning at 74 designated locations across the state.” The state health department aims to vaccinate 7,400 beneficiaries on day one, with 100 in each of the 74 locations.

“Phase-wise every citizen of Assam will receive the vaccine and for free,” minister of state of health Pijush Hazarika said.

The Airports Authority of India, North East Region in a statement said, “A SpiceJet freighter ferried over 730 Kg of cargo in 20 boxes having vaccine doses to be distributed for Assam and Meghalaya. The cargo boxes were received by the AAI cargo wing (Airports Authority of India Cargo Logistic and Allied Services Company Ltd.) AAICLAS, at the domestic cargo complex, Guwahati Airport.”

The 20 boxes have vaccine close to 2,40,000 doses out of which 17 are for Assam and three for Meghalaya. Each box has 12,000 dose of vaccine.

Regional Executive Director, AAI, North East Region M Suresh said, “We are very much equipped to transport COVID vaccine to different parts of the North East Region. The LGBI Airport has been marked as the nodal point of distribution of vaccine for the region, and we will fully cooperate with all the agencies in timely distribution of the vaccine through air cargo. Our cargo wing at Guwahati has readied up its infrastructure and have marked pick up points for effective and smooth flow of consignment.”

“These boxes were handed over to the respective state health department of Assam and Meghalaya for further distribution with nine minutes of arrival,” he added.

The cargo complex at Guwahati Airport has made all possible arrangements for smooth dispersal of vaccine for its destination. Cold storage, dedicated pick-up points, help desk, exchange points, entry-exit and sanitisation area are some of them.

Airport Director, LGBI airport, Ramesh Kumar, said, “It’s a proud moment for all of us at AAI Guwahati that we, at North East India, have received the first batch of Covid vaccine. It is always a pleasure to be a part of such important task for the country. We are hopeful that AAI in coordination with our stakeholders and partners, will effectively deliver vaccine doses to all state governments.”

12/01/21 Prabin Kalita/Times of India

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