Assam and Meghalaya’s First Batch Of COVID-19 Vaccines Arrives In Guwahati

On Tuesday evening, the first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines for Assam and Meghalaya reached Guwahati. A flight carrying a consignment of COVID-19 vaccines weighing 732 kilograms landed at 5:10pm at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport.

The consignment of vaccines for COVID-19 was subsequently moved to a cold storage facility set up adjacent to the airport. The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines covering both Assam and Meghalaya involves 2 lakh of 76,000 doses.

On Tuesday, 20 crates, each containing 12 thousand doses, arrived in Guwahati. Of the total of 20 boxes arriving in Guwahati, 17 are for Assam and 3 are for Meghalaya. The country earlier issued emergency approval for two vaccines, Covishield by the Serum Institute of India and Covaxin by Bharat Biotech, to combat COVID-19. 

As verified by the Pune-based pharmaceutical company, the central government ordered 11 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the Serum Institute of India on Monday.

For the first 100 million doses, the cost of the vaccine will be Rs 200 per vaccine dose, the drug maker noted. From January 16, the Centre will begin vaccinating frontline staff against coronavirus. The whole expense of vaccinating 30 million health care and frontline staff will be borne by the Centre. Particularly, a dry run for COVID-19 vaccination has been successfully carried out in all northeastern states along with the rest of the country.

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