Vaccine take-off from Pune waits for govt to place order
Friday, 8 January 2021 () Pune airport was ready on Thursday night to begin facilitating a massive airlift of Covid-19 vaccines, perhaps the largest such exercise in the world, but its manufacturer here, Serum Institute of India (SII), was still awaiting an official order to be placed by the Union government.
While addressing a press conference in Maharashtra's Pune on January 23, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-In-C), Southern Command (Indian Army), Lt General CP Mohanty spoke on COVID- 19 vaccination drive. Mohanty said, "I am proud that our country has been at the forefront in vaccination drive. As far as Indian Army is concerned, we have started administering vaccine to our health workers." "Around 6,000 of them have been vaccinated so far," he added.
Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla on January 22 informed that there is no impact of fire on the production of 'Covishield' vaccine. "The extent of the damage is more than 1,000 crores. The supply of COVID-19 will not be affected due to the fire (at Serum Institute of India facility). No actual vaccine was being made at that facility. The fire has no impact on the production of 'Covishield' vaccine and no damage has occurred to the existing stock either," said Adar Poonawalla. A major fire had occurred at Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) on January 21 that claimed 5 lives also.
India once again established its position as a reliable partner in Covid-19 assistance. It dispatched Covishield to Bahrain and Sri Lanka under the Vaccine Maitri Initiative. Sri Lanka to receive a consignment of 50,400 doses, while Bahrain to get 10,800 doses. Covishield developed by Serum Institute of India was loaded to cargo aircraft at Mumbai. The cargo aircraft left Mumbai airport as per schedule at 7:55 am for Manama. The vaccine consignment for Colombo, which delayed for 15 minutes, left at 9:00 am. Meanwhile, India has supplied vaccines to its neighbours under neighbourhood first policy. Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh received vaccines. India sees international cooperation in the area of fight against Covid-19 as its duty. New Delhi has played the role of the first responder in the region.
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Serum Institute of India's vaccine consignment arrived at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport on January 28. The consignment containing COVID-19 vaccine will be dispatched to Bahrain and Colombo today. India is helping other countries with the import of COVID vaccine amid the pandemic.