Friday, May 07, 2021

3.6cr Covishield doses sent from Pune airport last month

Pune: As many as 3.6 crore doses of the Covishield vaccine, manufactured by the city-based Serum Institute of India, were dispatched from the Pune airport in April — the highest so far and nearly three times the number dispatched in January.

As per figures provided by the Pune airport authorities, 1.26 crore doses were transported in January, 1.39 crore in February and 2.03 crore doses in March. Officials said large consignments were being transported this month too.

Further, officials said, 2.16 lakh doses were sent from the Pune airport to other countries in February; a chartered flight had carried 18 boxes of the vaccine to Suriname, St Kitts, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua, Barbuda, and St Lucia.

“It is a continuous process and we are providing all the help to the airlines and the cargo logistics company under the Airports Authority of India. Ninety-seven boxes containing 9.87 lakh doses were transported on two flights to Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad on May 5. On May 4, as many as 37 boxes containing 4.20 lakh doses were sent to Delhi, for onward delivery to cities like Karnal, Dehradun, Jammu, and Srinagar. On May 3 too, 127 boxes containing 15.04 lakh doses were sent to Jaipur, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru. Two lakh doses were sent to Jaipur on May 1,” an official said.

07/05/21 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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