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Odisha gets second consignment of Covid vaccine



A day after the arrival of the first consignment of Covishield, Odisha received the second consignment of Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday.

A special plane carrying 20,000 doses of Covaxin, manufactured in Hyderabad by Bharat Biotech and Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), from Hyderabad arrived at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here today.

The vials of Covaxin were transported to the state vaccine store here amid tight security, he said.

The state government had received as many as 4.08 lakh Covishield doses from the Serum Institute of India (SII) on Tuesday.

While Covaxin will be administered to people in Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation area, Covishield will be administered in all the 30 districts of the State, from January 16.

Meanwhile, the state administration has started dispatching Covishield vaccines to the districts.

The launching of Covid-19 vaccination programme will be conducted on January 16 in 160 identified session sites in all district and municipal corporation areas.

More than 3.28 lakh healthcare workers have registered for vaccination in the first phase.

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