Covaxin’s 20,000 doses arrive Bengaluru, to be used side by side with Covishield

Since January 12, Bengaluru had already received 8 lakh doses of Covishield from Pune based Serum Institute of India .The main cluster of Covaxin from Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech of 20,000 dosages meant for medical services workers and other cutting edge workers, as a feature of the fisrt phase of vaccination, shown up in Bengaluru on morning of January 14, as planned.

The state had already recieved 8 lakh portions of Covishield from the Pune-based Serum Institute of India.Karnataka Health Minister Dr. Sudhakar K had said earlier in a statement, “The state will soon receive 20,000 doses of Covaxin from Hyderabad by air and these will be used to inoculate 16 lakh frontline warriors across the state in phase one from January 16 onwards.”

“Covaxin has 5ml vaccine in a vial as against 10ml vaccine in Covishield vial. We can vaccine 20 people with one vial on average,” he added.The second transfer of 1.5 lakh portions of Covishield arrived at Belagavi from Pune by road in refrigerated vehicles.

The Serum Institute sent 6.5 lakh portions of its vaccine via air cargo to Bengaluru on January 12, for giving it out in 8 districts in the area.”The doses are packed in 14,700 bottles, with each bottle having 10 units (ml). The vaccine will be administered twice with a 28-day gap between first and second dose,” said a state health official.

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