Three temperature-controlled trucks exited the gates of the Serum Institute shortly before 5 a.m. and left for Pune airport, from where the vaccines will be transported across India.

A decisive phase in India’s fight against the coronavirus began on Tuesday in the wee hours of the morning, as the first shipment of Covishield vaccine left the Serum Institute of India for Pune Airport, four days before the launch of the nationwide vaccination campaign.

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Three temperature-controlled trucks exited the gates of the Serum Institute shortly before 5 a.m. and left for Pune airport, from where the vaccines will be transported across India.

The trucks were carrying 478 boxes of vaccine, each box weighing 32 kg, a source closely involved in transport arrangements told PTI.

The trucks left the premises of the Serum Institute of India in Manjari and reached the airport, located 15 km from the facility.

From the airport, the vaccines will be shipped to 13 sites across the country by 10 a.m., the source said.

A “puja” was performed before the vehicles left the facility.

The places where these Covishield vaccines will be transported from Pune include Delhi, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Karnal, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chandigarh and Bhubaneswar.

The shipment to Mumbai will leave by road. Trucks owned by Kool-ex Cold Chain Ltd are used to transport Serum Institute vaccine stocks.

Among the first batch, one shipment is expected to be shipped on an Air India cargo flight to Ahmedabad.

On Monday, Gujarat’s Chief Deputy Minister Nitin Patel tweeted that his state will receive the first shipment of coronavirus vaccine Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport in Ahmedabad.

The central government on Monday placed firm orders with advanced pledges for more than six crore of vaccines from Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech to inoculate three crore of healthcare and frontline workers in the first phase of the vaccination campaign. national from January 16.

Interacting with chief state ministers on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underlined the enormity of what he called the world’s largest immunization exercise, saying more than 30 million citizens will receive the injections in the next few months in India against only 2.5 million people vaccinated so far. in over 50 countries in about a month.

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