Self-Flying Drones Deliver Vaccines in Africa
COVID-19 has forced countries to develop and use modern technology to fight the pandemic. AI thermal cameras and x-rays, wearable technology like smartwatches that aid in early virus detection and mobile phone solutions to enforce quarantine are a few of the modern technologies that have been leveraged to fight the greatest threat to humanity in a long time.
Recently, Ghana started using self-flying drones to deliver vaccines as the West African country battles the virus. U.S. medical product delivery company Zipline develops the drones, and the drones allow medicines to reach remote areas quickly. The self-flying drones fly to their destination independently, use parachutes to drop off medical supplies, and then fly back home to one of Zipline’s four distribution centers in Ghana.
The drones are incredibly beneficial for residents in Ghana’s remote villages since many of the country’s residents have no means of travelling to get the vaccine. Moreover, many Ghanaians have preexisting conditions that make human interaction dangerous. With the help of drones, underserved areas can get the vaccine with minimal human interaction.
Zipline says its services can deliver to up to 12 million people in Ghana, more than a third of the country’s total population. As the world attempts to deliver quick and equitable distributions of the vaccine, Zipline is utilizing modern technology to ensure even the remotest of areas of the world are served.
It’ll be interesting to see how companies continue to use emerging technologies to fight against the pandemic.
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