COVID Vaccine Deliveries by Drones
Zipline Vaccine Deliveries by DroneSource: Zipline
Potential New Remedy to Vaccine Shortages
In the business of drone deliveries, Zipline is by far the biggest player. It has extensive experience delivering blood and vaccines by drones. In fact, in 2020, it delivered one million doses of non-COVID-19 vaccines in Africa alone. It is now about to tackle the difficult logistical task of delivering COVID vaccines.
Vaccines Coming By Flying Drones
Zipline is a 7 year old startup, headquartered in San Francisco. It just disclosed that it is developing a COVID vaccine drone delivery system with a COVID vaccine manufacturer. Zipline did not name the manufacturer that it's working with. The delivery process is very complicated because many of the vaccines like those from Pfizer and Moderna need to be kept at cold temperatures or they de-nature.
Zipline says it will have "end to end" cold chain capabilities" in place by April. Zipline is operational in Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda and North Carolina. It could possibly start delivering COVID vaccines by drones in any of those locations. Zipline drones have a range of 100 mile roundtrip with deliveries completed within 45 minutes. Each Zipline operational center is capable of servicing 8,000 square miles of territory.