Ahead of January 16 mass vaccination, Maharashtra receives 9.63-lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield from SII

Mumbai: Maharashtra Well being Division on Wednesday stated {that a} complete of 9.63-lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine Covishield have been acquired for Maharashtra from the Serum Institute of India.

“All doses have been acquired by the Well being Division at Pune final evening and from there they have been distributed to totally different cities/districts of the state,” the state’s Well being Division stated.

The first consignment of Covishield by Serum Institute of India has arrived in Mumbai earlier this morning. The vaccine was introduced from Pune in a particular automobile of BMC.

The transportation of COVID-19 vaccine from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Worldwide Airport (CSMIA) commenced on Wednesday with price range service GoAir airlifting 2,400 vials of Covishield to Goa.

The Wadia Group-owned no-frills airline has scheduled flights carrying vaccines to Lucknow, Cochin and Chandigarh as effectively, in addition to Goa, throughout the day, a GoAir spokesperson was quoted as saying by information company PTI.

GoAir’s first flight carrying 2,400 vials (24,000 doses) of Covishield vaccine took off at 5.20 am and reached Goa at 6.30 am, the spokesperson stated.

A large pan-India inoculation drive in opposition to COVID-19 was set in course of on Tuesday with greater than 56 lakh doses of the Covishield vaccine leaving Pune for 13 cities throughout the nation, 4 days earlier than the vaccinations are scheduled to start on January 16.

Covishield is developed by Oxford College and British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca and manufactured by Pune-based pharma agency Serum Institute of India (SII).
GoAir stated it is going to airlift a complete of 69,600 vials of the vaccine.

Mumbai airport, which is the “largest pharma hub”, is trying to cater to no less than 16 locations within the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccines, the personal airport operator had stated in a press release on Tuesday.