Pune: The first consignment of Covishield vaccines left Serum Institute of India for Pune airport, four days ahead of the nationwide inoculation drive launch.
All three trucks containing the vaccine are temperature-controlled and were on their way to the Pune airport, where a special cargo plane is waiting to transport them across India.
The trucks left the Serum Institute premises shortly after 5 am on Tuesday. A ‘puja’ was performed before the vehicles left the facility.
From the airport, the vaccines will be dispatched to 13 locations across the country by 10 am.
The locations where these Covishield vaccines will be flown from Pune include Delhi, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Karnal, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Guwahati, Lucknow, Chandigarh and Bhubaneswar.
The vaccines will be flown from Pune in eight commercial flights, including two cargo flights, the source said.