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Ghana is using drones to deliver coronavirus vaccines to rural communities

Added 03-05-21 07:14:02am EST - “Zipline has started delivering coronavirus vaccines via drone in Ghana as part of COVAX's first-ever shipment of vaccines to low-income countries.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Ghana is using drones to deliver coronavirus vaccines to rural communities”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Ghana has become the first country to launch a nationwide program to deliver coronavirus vaccines with drones.

Zipline started delivering the shots on Tuesday as part of the WHO's first shipment of vaccines through COVAX, its program that aims to provide poorer countries with enough doses to cover 20% of their population.

The San Francisco startup has been delivering medical supplies including blood, personal protective equipment, and vaccines since 2016 using patented, autonomous drones.

As well as national operations in Rwanda and Ghana, Zipline also has partnerships with Walmart and Novant Health in the US, and its PPE deliveries become the first long-range drone logistics flights to be approved by the FAA.

 Zipline started the drone deliveries in Ghana on Tuesday when it distributed 4,500 doses across the Ashanti Region in south Ghana in 36 separate journeys in a partnership with the Ghanaian government and UPS.

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