Bharat Biotech dispatches first consignment of Covaxin; Kolkata gets the most noteworthy doses of Covishield

Bharat Biotech dispatches first  consignment of Covaxin; Kolkata gets the most noteworthy doses of Covishield

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  • Post By : Kumar Jeetendra

  • Source: PTI

  • Date: 12 Jan,2021

Bharat Biotech, which has received Emergency Use Authorisation approval from the Drug Controller General of India for its COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, is set to dispatch it from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport on January 12, in the day, a senior official of the Airports cargo branch told news agency PTI.

“Today we have received the first consignment of vaccines from Serum Institute at Hyderabad airport. We received 970 kgs of consignment (from Serum Institute).”

“Today in the evening the first consignment is going from Hyderabad… (it’s from ) Bharat Biotech. It’s going to 11 destinations,” the official told reporters after receiving the first consignment of Covishield vaccines.

Covishield is developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish company AstraZeneca and manufactured from the Serum Institute of India (SII).

The vaccine programme in the country has begun and the airports cargo division is gearing up to meet the demands as the town is the vaccine hub of the world, the official added.

Besides Delhi, the vaccines will be dispatched to 11 states throughout the nation via nine more flights on January 12. The nations where vaccine doses will reach today comprise, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, West Bengal, Karnataka, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, reported Times Now.

Besides Delhi, Chennai and Ahemadabad have already received 7,08,000 and 2,76,000 doses of Oxford vaccine via GoAir and Air India flights respectively.

Covaxin has been indigenously developed by Bharat Biotechin collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) – National Institute of Virology (NIV).

The mega-vaccination drive will commence from January 16 where priority will be provided to the healthcare workers as well as the frontline workers.

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