The world’s first and only national-scale drone delivery service, Zipline, has began the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to selected health facilities within its service area in Ghana. This makes Ghana the first country in the world to deploy drones on a national scale to deliver COVID-19 vaccines.
In February alone, the COVAX Facility sent 600,000 dosages of the AstraZeneca/Oxford immunization, from the Serum Institute of India (SII) from Pune, India to Accra, Ghana. The appearance is the first clump delivered anyplace in the world by the COVAX Facility as a feature of an uncommon exertion to convey in any event 2 billion portions of COVID-19 vaccines to low-and middle income nations before the end of 2021.
The Government of Ghana will use Zipline’s organization to convey its COVID-19 antibodies to guarantee fast, fair access the nation over. Almost 50% of Ghana’s populace lives outside of urban communities, and those 12 million individuals are hard to reach with time-restricted, cold chain-subordinate immunizations. So Zipline’s organization will give Ghana a strong, proficient and evenhanded appropriation strategy.
In addition to the fact that this makes Ghana the world’s first nation to deliver drones on a national scale for the conveyance of COVID-19 vaccines, it is a huge exertion in guaranteeing fair access and empowering Ghana to completely use its medical care foundation to deliver antibodies.
This entire methodology by Zipline was done in a joint effort with the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the UPS Foundation.
The vaccines are moved to the Zipline dissemination centre by UPS, which is also giving in-country ground conveyance backing to the government’s regional cold stores. When the vaccines show up at the Zipline distribution centre at Mpanya in the Ashanti locale, they are then flown on-request to helath offices in the area.
Asuofua Health Center was the first to get COVID-19 antibodies by means of Zipline’s robot conveyance, and inside the following not many days, more health offices and dosing centres will be added as coordinated by the Ghana Health Service.
From 2019 through to 2020, Ghana also deployed Zipline to rapidly distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to Ghana’s poll workers for the presidential election. In less than 24 hours of receiving the request for assistance from the government, Zipline began delivering PPE, and in under 48 hours delivered PPE across the country, enabling polling locations to open safely and hundreds of thousands of Ghanaians to vote.