Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Tuesday (29th December) in a media briefing said that around 30 crore Indians will be vaccinated against COVID-19 by July 2021, for which 60 crore doses will be required.
“We are working with the Ministry of Health and pharmaceutical companies to plan the rollout,” Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, added
The vaccine would be available from January 2021 and we have identified facilities that will be used for the vaccine rollout. As soon as the vaccines are announced, we will implement the plan,” Kharola further said.
“Transportation is going to be a very important component during the administration of the vaccine. The vaccine has to be moved from the place of manufacture to all the cordons of the country through multi-model movement”.
Transportation is going to be a very important component during the administration of vaccine. The vaccine has to be moved from the place of manufacture to all the cordons of the country through multi model movement: Secretary @MoCA_GoI on #COVID vaccine pic.twitter.com/i6va9HJ7BA— PIB India (@PIB_India) December 29, 2020
Puri said that the dry run of the vaccine drive was being done in four states. Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, and Assam are the states chosen for the trial run.
The government had identified airports and was also in talks with airlines to take care of the logistics, Puri added.
The most critical part would be the management of the vaccine’s temperature, said Kharola. The vaccines come with varied requirements. The Pfizer-BioNtech jab has to be stored at minus 70 Celsius.