The first batches of much awaited Covishield Vaccine, developed by Serum Institute of India (SII), left Pune Airport on Tuesday morning for 13 cities across the country.
The cities, where the vaccine is being sent include Aurangabad, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Karnal, Kolkata, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chandigarh and Bhubaneswar.
Six cold storage containers, with total 478 boxes of the vaccine, each box weighing 32 kg, were dispatched to the Pune Airport today morning.
“Ready get set go! Stand by India! The vaccine to kill the disease is being loaded onto the aircrafts for distribution all over the country now,” official twitter handle of Pune Airport had tweeted at 7:23 am.
The first flight left at 8 am from Pune airport for Delhi.
“Civil Aviation sector launches yet another momentous mission. Vaccine movement starts,” Union Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted as the first two flights operated by SpiceJet and GoAir departed with the vaccines to Delhi and Chennai.
“Today, Air India, SpiceJet and IndiGo Airlines will operate nine flights from Pune with 56.5 lakh doses to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Chandigarh,” Puri’s another tweet read.