With the pandemic taking a toll on the entire globe and many lives lost due to the onslaught of coronavirus, people have been waiting for an antidote for the virus. The most-awaited vaccines have arrived and with the slogan of “May all be free from disease” printed on it each medicine box is all set out for the biggest vaccine distribution as SII sends 55 lakh doses over.
With three temperature-controlled trucks loaded with Covid-19 vaccines were taken out of the Serum Institute manufacturing facility in Pune at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, marking the launch of a mega-immunization campaign in the region. The jabs will be performed as of January 16.
The vehicles that went Pune Airport with uniquely designed storage containers equipped with sensors monitoring location, temperature, light exposure and unusual jolting. The first flight to ship out the vaccine to Delhi was a SpiceJet Boeing-737 carrying 22 boxes. Each box weighing 32 kg contained around 12,000 doses of Covishield vaccines and gel packs- a portable plastic bag filled with refrigerant gel. A GoAir flight to Chennai followed shortly.
In total, nine flights carried more than 5.6 million doses of the vaccine to 13 cities around the country, leading civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri to equate efforts to Hanuman transporting Sanjeevani from the Himalayas. Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO of Delhi International Airport, summarised the training. “We’ve synergized, partnered with exporters for several months, and imported.
After a 2 hour duration Spicejet aircraft reached Delhi, and the vaccine boxes were transported by cool dollies to warehouses capable of maintaining a volume of 5.7 million vials per day.
After the first batch of doses arrived in 4 main zoning centers-Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai-they were sent to clinics from which will be delivered nursing homes and hospitals.