Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai will
today handle 28,44,000 doses of Covishield vaccines in 237 boxes with 7,168
kilograms weight destined to 22 different domestic destinations in India.
The airport started its Covid-19 vaccine transportation today at
5:20 AM with GoAir carrying 2 boxes of the vaccine to Goa followed by the
shipment to Rajkot at 6:00 AM through SpiceJet carrying 7 boxes. The SOPs
implemented by the airport in anticipation of the vaccine distribution saw the
terminal register a cargo processing time of just 7 minutes, right from goods
acceptance to dispatch at the ramp.
India gave the emergency approval of to Covid-19 vaccines
earlier and plans to start the vaccination programme from January 16, 2021. On
Tuesday (Jan 12), 56 lakh doses of Covishield vaccines, developed by
AstraZeneca & Oxford University and manufactured by Serum Institute of
India (SII), were transported from Pune to 13 destinations across the country.
to serve destinations which Pune can't
The refrigerated trucks of cool chain solution provider Kool-Ex
also went to Mumbai International Airport to serve destinations which Pune
The flights planned are to Goa, Bagdogra, Rajkot, Ranchi,
Imphal, Agartala, Cochin, Bhopal, Kanpur, Jammu, Srinagar, Lucknow, Chandigarh,
Gorakhpur, Raipur, Dehradun, Varanasi, Indore, Trivandrum and Jabalpurthrough
SpiceJet, IndiGo, GoAir and Vistara. Of these, Raipur and Cochin emerged as the
destinations with the largest vaccine deliveries of 27 and 25 boxes
“As the first airport in India and third in Asia to achieve the
IATA CEIV certification as well as being the only Indian airport in a strategic
partnership with Pharma.Aero, CSMIA is well-positioned to support, maintain and
optimize pharma-dedicated corridors globally,” noted a release.
Preparations at Mumbai Airport Being a pharma hub, CSMIA is a
veteran in transporting vaccine across the world and has placed a well-defined
process for the faster turnaround of Covid-19 vaccine EXIM and transshipment
movements. The airport has deployed a dedicated Covid-task force in order to
reduce dwell time and facilitate advanced planning and collaboration between
the airport and all stakeholders in this process - the airline customers,
supply chain partners, regulatory and governmental bodies, and vaccine
distributors. It has also initiated a full-time 24x7 Customer Service Cell for
Covid-19 vaccine EXIM consignments, in order to address customer queries,
pre-alerts and status updates.
Moreover, the airport is equipped with state-of-the-art
facilities such as Asia's largest temperature-controlled Export Pharma
Excellence Centre and Pharma-dedicated Import Cold Zone, a first-of-its-kind -
'Cooltainer' facility and the largest hub for Envirotainer movements with over
60 power outlets for processing pharma active containers. Additionally, it has
an exclusive station dealing with storage and maintenance of both e-type, and
t-type active containers that help facilitate the seamless distribution of
vaccines across India.