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India starts shipping vaccines in world's largest inoculation drive

INDIA has started shipping Covid-19 vaccines to multiple cities, four days ahead of a nationwide inoculation drive

India starts shipping vaccines in world's largest inoculation drive
14 January 2021 - 19:54 - Update: 15 January 2021 - 21:37
INDIA has started shipping Covid-19 vaccines to multiple cities, four days ahead of a nationwide inoculation drive.

The nation will start on January 16 the massive undertaking of inoculating an estimated 30 million doctors, nurses and other front line workers, before attention turns to around 270 million people who are either aged over 50 or have co-morbidities



The first consignment of vaccines developed by the Serum Institute of India left the city of Pune on Tuesday. The vaccines rolled out from Serum Institute of India's facility in temperature-controlled trucks to the city's airport, from where they were loaded into private air carriers for distribution all over the country.



Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri called the shipping of vaccines a 'momentous mission.'



The first vaccine shipments contain the Covishield vaccine made by the Serum Institute and developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca.



India's drug regulator has also approved for emergency use a homegrown vaccine, Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. Medical groups and others have raised concern about the drug being approved with scant evidence of its effectiveness. It's still unclear when and where Covaxin will be distributed.



India has the second-most COVID-19 infections in the world, after the US. It has confirmed more than 10.4 million cases and over 150,000 deaths, reports AP.


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