THD NewsDesk, PUNE: On January 16, the Covid-19 vaccination drive in India is all set to distribute the Covishield vaccine from the Serum Institute of India’s facility in Pune in Maharashtra. Sources stated on Sunday that the drive is likely to start on the evening of January 11th or 12th.
The vaccine-laden trucks will move out of the Manjari location on the SII with elaborate police security.
The sources involved said, “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, but if that does not happen for some reason, it will definitely start from Tuesday morning.”
The Maharashtra Government has planned to provide police protection to the trucks carrying the vaccine up to airports and the state’s borders.
Rahul Agarwal, the co-founder, stated that “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 in the first leg.”
He further stated that 300 GPS- fitted trucks will be used, and 500 trucks will be roped in if needed.
On Saturday. Pune police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta held a meeting with the Kool-ex representatives to streamline the convoy system for the trucks carrying the vaccine.”
He further stated, “We had a meeting with them. We told them since trucks would start their journey from Pune, a security cover would be given for the initial period of 10 to 15days.”
An SII source had stated that certain procedures are being finalized about the transportation of the vaccine.