The first batch of consignment of COVID-19 vaccine for Assam and Meghalaya is likely arrive in Guwahati on Tuesday evening.

The flight transporting the COVID-19 vaccine consignment, weighing 732 kilograms, is scheduled to land at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport at around 5 in the evening.

The consignment of COVID-19 vaccine will be shifted to the cold storage set up adjacent to the Airport.

The consignment of COVID-19 vaccine, which will cater to both Assam and Meghalaya includes 2 lakh 76 thousand doses.

To fight against COVID-19, the country earlier granted emergency approval to two vaccines — Covishield by Serum Institute of India and Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech.

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The central government on Monday ordered 11 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from Serum Institute of India, the Pune-based pharmaceutical firm confirmed.

The cost of the vaccine would be Rs 200 per vaccine dose for the first 100 million doses, the drugmaker noted.

The Centre will start vaccinating frontline workers against coronavirus from January 16.

The Centre will bear the entire cost of vaccinating 30 million health care and frontline workers.

Notably, along with the rest of the country, dry run for COVID-19 vaccination have been conducted successfully in all Northeast States.

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Earlier on Tuesday, the first flight carrying the Covishield vaccine, reached New Delhi on Tuesday morning.

As per reports, the SpiceJet flight SG8937 departed the Pune airport at 8.05 am landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi around 10.15 am.

The first consignment of Covishield consisted of 34 boxes and weighing 1088 kg, Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJet.

“I am happy to share that SpiceJet has carried India’s first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines today [Tuesday]. We will be carrying multiple vaccine consignments to different Indian cities including Guwahati, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Bengaluru, Patna and Vijayawada through the day today,” Singh said.

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