Hundreds of drones have started delivering life-saving vaccines, blood and medicines to patients in Ghana, in the largest scheme of its kind, according to the global vaccine alliance, GAVI.
Medics will place orders by text messages when supplies run dry and swiftly receive the much-need resources from four distribution centres, via drop deliveries employing tiny parachutes.
"The idea is that these four distribution centres can make up to 600 on-demand delivery flights a day," said GAVI CEO Seth Berkley. "And that can expand up to 2,000 a day over time."
The aim is for deliveries to arrive within 30 minutes, Berkley added, meaning emergency treatments such as anti-snake venom or rabies shots could arrive in time to save lives.
The project--led by Zipline, a California-based robotics company--is designed to deliver to around 2,000 health facilities serving 12...