Sunday, December 26, 2021

From January, over 69 crore Covishield doses transported from Pune airport

Pune: More than 69.58 crore doses of the Covishield vaccine, weighing over 19 lakh tonnes, have been transported from the city airport despite its infrastructural constraints between January and December 23 this year.

“Everyone, including the airlines, their officials and cargo handlers, have played an important role in the transportation of the vaccines from Pune to different parts of the country,” a senior airport official told TOI.

The transportation of the Covishield vaccine, manufactured by the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII), began in January this year, with the first consignment leaving the Pune airport for Delhi on SpiceJet and Air India flights. Officials at the Kool-ex Cold Chain Limited — the firm in agreement with the SII for transportation of the vaccines — maintained that only small consignments of the vaccine were being sent via air, while large consignments were being sent via road in temperature-controlled trucks.

“The cargo hold area of the airport is small. We have been pushing for shifting the spot to a 2.5-acre plot belonging to the Indian Air Force. The process is on, but taking time. However, despite the constraints, we have been able to successfully transport the vaccines from Pune to both domestic and international locations,” the official said.

26/01/21 Times of India

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