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Vanuatu uses drones to deliver vaccines to remote island
It doesn’t sound so surprising to use a drone to shoot photos or videos, spray pesticide, or deliver something. But transporting vaccines had never been done until this recent approach by UNICEF in a remote island on the Pacific Ocean.
Vanuatu is an archipelago country lies some 1,700 kilometers east of northern Australia. Of the 14 islands that consist the nation, Erromango is the fifth largest one. Since there isn’t any paved road to go across the island, it takes humans to hand carry or sail things from one side of the island to the other, which makes extremely inconvenient to transport ice-packed vaccines. In order to solve this last-mile delivery problem, UNICEF wisely used a commercial drone, which took only 25 minutes to fly 40 kilometers.
While drones could interfere with commercial air traffic if they were used near or around an airport like Gatwick in England, they’ve just been proved to be of great help to save lives.
Enjoy reading and learn about how a drone could be commercially used to save lives.