SHILLONG: 35,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine 'Covishield' have reached safely in Meghalaya on Wednesday morning, informed State Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.
In a tweet, Sangma said, "35,000 doses of Covishield have arrived safely at the State Vaccination Centre, Shillong. This will set in motion the world's biggest vaccination effort from January 16, 2021. 11 sites have been identified across Meghalaya for the launch event."
35,000 doses of #Covishield have arrived safely at the State Vaccination Center, Shilllong. This will set in motion the world's biggest vaccination effort from 16th Jan, 2021.11 sites have been identified across #Meghalaya for the launch event.@narendramodi @drharshvardhan pic.twitter.com/Mung4a2UgS— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) January 13, 2021
The Chief Minister in another tweet also expressed gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.
"First shipments of COVID-19 vaccine touch down at Guwahati Airport today. Meghalaya will roll-out the COVID vaccination drive from January 16, 2021, using Covishield vaccine for Phase I. Gratitude to PM Narendra Modi and Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan," he said in another tweet.
Covishield and Covaxin, the two COVID-19 vaccines which have received Emergency Use Authorisation (EAU), have been tested on thousands of people and side-effects are negligible, Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, said on Tuesday and noted that the two "are safest of the vaccines".
"Both the vaccines (Covishield and Covaxin) have been authorized for emergency use and there should be no doubt about their safety. They have been tested on thousands of people and side-effects are negligible. There is no risk of any significance," Dr Paul said at a press conference here.
The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive is scheduled to start from January 16.
Earlier, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had said that the central government is having close collaboration with states and union territories for vaccine roll-out. "All preparations are on track for vaccine roll-out from January 16," he had said.(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)