Vaccine distribution begins, BBMP gets biggest share | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Vials of Covaxin, India’s first indigenous vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, reached Bengaluru around 12 noon on Wednesday with a total 20,000 doses, dispatched from Bharat Biotech, Hyderabad, arriving at Kempegowda International Airport.

Pankaj Kumar Pandey, commissioner, health and family welfare department, confirmed receiving the vials. The consignment consisted of three boxes: Two containing 384 vials each and the third, 232 vials – 1,000 vials in all.
Health minister K Sudhakar claimed the only difference between the two vaccines which the state has received is that Covaxin comes in 10ml vials and Covishield, produced by Serum Institute of India, in 5ml. However, the dosage — 5ml per shot — is the same. “Beneficiaries can’t choose which vaccine to receive,” Sudhakar said.
Officials, however, said no decision has been taken yet on whether Covaxin will be used on Saturday, the first day of the vaccination drive. A decision on districtwise distribution is also yet to be taken.
However, distribution of Covishield to all districts from Bengaluru and Belagavi began. The state has a total 7.9 lakh doses of Covishield and about 3.8 lakh healthcare workers will be inoculated.
Bengaluru city (BBMP) has got the lion’s share. The city has been allocated a total of 2.1 lakh doses. Dakshina Kannada has received the second highest quantity at 48,000 doses, while Mysuru, which has the second highest number of cases after Bengaluru Urban, has been allocated 41,460 doses. Bengaluru Urban (excluding BBMP) has been allocated 37,610 doses and Belagavi 35,960.
Distribution is based on the number of healthcare workers who registered on the Co-Win portal. Yadgir district got the least number of doses at 6,000.
The drive on Saturday will begin at 237 vaccination sites – two more than the initial tally of 235. A medical college each in Dharwad and Tumakuru were added to the final list of sites.


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