India’s national carrier Air India has transported the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines to New Delhi from a production facility in Serum Institute of India in Pune on Thursday.

The service is claimed to be the first of many to fly in the coming months as India prepares for its vaccination drive.

It is being reported that Air India could be the sole airline to transport vaccines during the first phase of emergency inoculation for the frontline workers and high risk individuals.

The vaccines flew on Air India flight AI 850, departing from Pune at 1840 hours and arriving in New Delhi at 2030 hours.

The number of vaccine doses being flown is currently unknown.

It was recently announced that India has begun its preparation for its vaccine roll out on January 13. The first phase will see 20 million frontline workers receiving the shot across India, requiring 40 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.