With the COVID-19 vaccination drive in India set to roll out on January 16, the transportation of Covishield vaccine from the Serum Institute of India’s facility in Pune in Maharashtra is prone to begin from the night of January 11 or on January 12, sources concerned in planning the logistics stated on Sunday. The vaccine-laden vehicles will transfer out from the Manjari location of the SII with elaborate police safety. The Central authorities on Saturday stated India will launch its COVID-19 vaccination drive from January 16, with precedence to be given to just about three crore well being care and frontline staff.
“With all probability, there are prospects that the transportation of the Covishield vaccine will begin from Monday. Tentatively, there are plans to start out the motion of the vaccine on Monday, but when that doesn’t occur for some cause, it’s going to undoubtedly begin from Tuesday morning,” stated the sources concerned within the planning for safety and logistics for transportation of the vaccine.
Covishield is co-developed by the College of Oxford and British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca in collaboration with the SII.
The Maharashtra authorities has already determined to offer police safety to the vehicles carrying the vaccine as much as airports and to the borders of the state.
“A chilly chain logistics service supplier – Kool-Ex Chilly Chain Ltd is the lead vendor for the motion of the vaccine from the SII manufacturing unit to 48 major authorities places (depots) within the first leg,” firm’s co-founder Rahul Agarwal had stated.
He stated about 300 GPS-fitted vehicles will probably be used and whereas 500 vehicles will probably be roped in if wanted.
On Saturday, Pune police commissioner Amitabh Gupta held a gathering with representatives of the Kool-ex to streamline the convoy system for the vehicles carrying the vaccine.
“We had a gathering with them. We advised them that since vehicles would begin their journey from Pune, a safety cowl can be given for the preliminary interval of 10 to fifteen days,” he had stated.
An SII supply had stated that sure processes are being finalised concerning the transportation of the vaccine.
(With PTI inputs)