COVID-19: First consignment of Covishield vaccine reaches Delhi

at 12:19 pm
Covishield vaccine
First consignment of Covishield vaccine has reached Delhi.

New Delhi (NVI): The first SpiceJet flight carrying the Covishield vaccine consignment has reached the national capital today.

The consignment of vaccines left the Serum Institute of India (SII) in the wee hours today ahead of the January 16 nationwide inoculation drive launch, marking a decisive phase in anti-coronavirus fight.

The flight SG8937 departed the Pune airport at 8.05 am landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport around 10.15 am.

The consignment consist of 34 boxes and weighs at least 1,088 kg.

“I am happy to share that SpiceJet has carried India’s first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines today [Tuesday]. We will be carrying multiple vaccine consignments to different Indian cities including Guwahati, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru, Patna and Vijayawada through the day today,” Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJet said.

“Today marks the beginning of a long and decisive phase in India’s fight against the pandemic and SpiceJet is proud to assist in the biggest vaccination drive in the history of mankind,” he said.

To fight against novel coronavirus, the country earlier granted emergency approval to two vaccines — Covishield by Serum Institute of India and Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech.

In the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, health workers, both from government and private institutions, will be vaccinated along with sanitation workers, other frontline workers, defence forces, police and other paramilitary forces.