SpiceJet said it carried 3.5 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccine from Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad to 11 cities across the country on Wednesday.
The COVID-19 vaccine movement began on Tuesday morning. The vaccines will be used during the vaccination campaign from Saturday.
“On January 13, 2021, SpiceJet shipped 111 boxes of Covid-19 vaccine, weighing 3.5 tonnes from Mumbai, Pune and Hyderabad, to 11 cities, including Bagdogra, Dehradun, Srinagar, Jammu, Kanpur, Gorakhpur, Jabalpur, Ranchi, Rajkot, Delhi and Bengaluru, ”the airline said in a statement.
The carrier said its cargo flight SG7555 operating between Hyderabad and Bengaluru took off at 8:50 a.m. on Wednesday with a shipment of Covaxin from Bharat Biotech weighing 90 kg. He landed in Bengaluru at 10:23 a.m.
<< From Mumbai, SpiceJet transported 74 boxes of Covishield vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII) to various cities, including two in Bagdogra, 10 in Dehradun, 7 in Srinagar, 6 in Jammu, 6 in Kanpur, 9 in Gorakhpur, 13 in Jabalpur, 14 in Ranchi and seven in Rajkot ”, he noted.
From Pune, SpiceJet carried 34 boxes from Covishield to Delhi on Wednesday.
“This follows the successful dispatch of 4 million doses of Covishield by SpiceJet on January 12,” he noted.
On Monday, the government placed firm orders in advanced pledges for more than six crore of COVID-19 vaccine doses from SII and Bharat Biotech to inoculate three crore of healthcare and frontline workers in the first phase of the vaccination campaign scheduled to start from January 16. is ₹ 1,300 crore.
Covishield is developed by the University of Oxford and the Anglo-Swedish company AstraZeneca and manufactured by the SII.
Bharat Biotech developed the indigenous vaccine Covaxin in collaboration with the Indian Council for Medical Research and the National Institute of Virology.