PUNE: With the Covid-19 vaccination drive in India set to rollout on January 16, the transportation of Covishield vaccine from the Serum Institute of (*11*) facility in Pune in Maharashtra is probably going to start from the night of January 11 or on January 12, sources concerned in planning the logistics stated on Sunday.
The vaccine-laden vans will transfer out from 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 practically three crore well being care and frontline staff.
“With all likelihood, there are possibilities that the transportation of the Covishield vaccine will start from Monday. Tentatively, there are plans to start the movement of the vaccine on Monday, but if that does not happen by some reasons, it will definitely start 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 University of Oxford and British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca in collaboration with the SII.
The Maharashtra authorities has already determined to present police safety to the vans carrying the vaccine up to airports and to borders of the state.
“A cold chain logistics service provider – Kool-Ex Cold Chain Ltd is the lead vendor for the movement of the vaccine from the SII factory to 48 primary government locations (depots) in the first leg,” firm’s co-founder Rahul Agarwal had stated.
He stated about 300 GPS-fitted vans will probably be used and 500 vans 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 vans carrying the vaccine.
“We had a meeting with them. We told them that since trucks would start their journey from Pune, a security cover would be given for the initial period of 10 to 15 days,” he had stated.
A SII supply had stated that sure processes are being finalised about transportation of the vaccine.