That puts the state among the top in the nation when it comes to vaccine distribution.
Mah says she hopes the tool will help people realize that we still have a long way to go in the pandemic and to not let their guard down.
In brief comments to reporters after his shot, Biden said he has confidence in his COVID-19 combatting team to hit ambitious vaccination-rate targets after he takes office on January 20.
Representatives for Serum, Bharat Biotech and India's health ministry did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment. "Even as we have shown that our mRNA-based vaccine can prevent COVID-19, this has encouraged us to pursue more-ambitious development programs within our prophylactic vaccines modality".
During transport, the vaccine must be stored at a temperature of 2 C to 8 C. Airlines are working with vaccine makers, airports and ground transport companies to make sure the supply chain functions properly. "Vaccine movement starts", Singh said in a tweet.
Covaxin is being indigenously developed byBharatBiotechin collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) - National Institute of Virology (NIV).
The company said it had shipped almost 33 million doses by January 10, more than a month after Britain became the first Western nation to approve any vaccine on December 2.
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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Monday sought permission from the Trump administration to directly purchase 100,000 doses of the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer Inc and partner BioNTech SE, which was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use.
The first batches were loaded on flights in Pune and Chennai on Tuesday morning, with nine flights carrying 5.7 million doses headed to 13 cities, including Delhi and Bengaluru, according to Hardeep Singh Puri, India's civil aviation minister.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Monday that the central government will bear the expenses of vaccinating almost three crore healthcare and frontline workers in the first round and suggested that public representatives, a reference to politicians, should not be part of this initial exercise.
"My number one priority is getting vaccine in people's arms, like we just did today, as rapidly as we can", he said after receiving the vaccine.
"We only receive 300,000 doses per week from the federal government", he said.
However, the overall caseload for India is the second-highest in the world after the U.S., which has reported more than 2 crore cases so far - nearly double of India " s cumulative tally.