9 flights from Pune to hold 57 lakh Covid vaccine doses to 13 cities right this moment

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 12

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced on Tuesday morning that four airlines would operate nine flights to transport 56.5 lakh doses of Covid vaccine from Pune to 13 cities across the country, including Delhi and Chandigarh, on Tuesday.

Vaccine movement has started, the minister said on Twitter, adding that the first two flights operated by “SpiceJet and GoAir from Pune to Delhi and Chennai have taken off”.

“Today @airindiain @flyspicejet @goairlinesindia & @IndiGo6E will operate 9 flights from Pune with 56.5 lakh doses to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow & Chandigarh,” he said.

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Meanwhile, operator of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport DIAL has announced that it has received first consignment of COVID-19 vaccine.

CEO-DIAL Videh Kumar Jaipuriar said, “Delhi Airport has been relentlessly working for timely and smooth supply of medical equipment and other relief material in and out of Delhi to various destinations in India in the COVID times.”

“Today, we have received the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine at our airport. Temperature-controlled facilities, ranging from -20 degrees C to +25 degrees C, at our two cargo terminals can efficiently and safely handle these temperature-sensitive vaccines,” he said, adding that the airport had “cool chambers and cool dollies” to maintain temperature required for these vaccines.

“Our both terminals can handle around 5.7 million vials in a day,” the CEO said. “We have synergised and collaborated with all the stakeholders, including exporters, importers, logistics companies, freight forwarders/agents, government, airlines, cargo terminal operators, to ensure faster turnaround of the vaccines.” he said.

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