Bhubaneswar: A day after receiving COVID-19 vaccine Covishield from Serum Institute of India, Odisha on Wednesday received its first consignment of ‘Covaxin’ from Bharat Biotech.
As many as 20,000 doses of vaccines landed at Biju Patnaik International Airport here from Hyderabad this morning. After its arrival at the airport, the boxes containing the Covaxin vials were escorted by security forces to the National Vaccine Van and then transported to the State Vaccine Store (SVS).
Covaxin is being indigenously developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) – National Institute of Virology(NIV).
The government on Monday had placed orders in advanced commitments for over 6 crore doses of COVID vaccine from SII and Bharat Biotech for inoculating 3 crore healthcare and frontline workers in the first phase of the vaccination drive scheduled to start from January 16.