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COVAX vaccines to be distributed by drone to vaccination sites in Ghana

Zipline medical drone

On Wednesday, the first shipment of 600,000 doses of COVAX vaccines arrived in Ghana and arrangements are already underway for some of them to be delivered to health facilities across the country by… guess what? — drones.

2.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be delivered to vaccination centres by way of autonomous drones in the coming weeks. This is in line with a new partnership between Zipline, UPS Foundation and the Government of Ghana.

The aim of the partnership is to improve both the timeliness and accessibility of COVAX vaccines, by providing on-demand delivery, even to the most remote areas in Ghana.

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Zipline medical drone in the sky

“With this new partnership, Zipline, a medical drone delivery company, will parachute insulated packages containing doses of COVID-19 vaccine quickly, safely and precisely down to health facilities, helping to secure equitable access to protection from COVID-19 for people all across Ghana – “even in areas that do not have cold chain equipment”

— Naa Adorkor Yawson, General Manager of Zipline Ghana

UPS and Ghana Health Service delivery vans will cater to the on-ground portion of the vaccination exercise.

“With every dose of COVID-19 vaccine being so important, it is critical to ensure that our partner countries have the necessary support and tools to deliver vaccines effectively and efficiently to those who need them,” Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi said in a statement.

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