US commercial drone delivery firm, Flirtey, and healthcare company Vault Health have partnered to test drone delivery of the first FDA-authorised saliva test for COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to spread, with more than 250,000 deaths and more than 11,000,000 cases in the United States, according to the CDC.
Vault Health distributes a COVID-19 saliva test kit that can be used at home under supervision from a health professional through video call.
Using Flirtey’s drones to deliver the test kits to homes will eliminate exposure risks and create further convenience, especially for those who do not live in proximity to on-site testing locations.
The Vault Health COVID-19 Test Kits have been added to Flirtey’s existing drone delivery test program underway in the Reno, NV area.
Through the partnership, which will begin immediately, Vault Health will send kits to distribution centers based on historical market demand data. When a customer places an order, a Flirtey drone will deliver the COVID-19 test kit to the customer’s home on-demand.
“Our mission is to save lives and improve lifestyles by making delivery instant for everyone,” said Flirtey founder and CEO Matthew Sweeny.
“Partnering with Vault Health for Flirtey drone delivery of COVID-19 test kits is another huge step toward our mission. Drone delivery of COVID-19 test kits is faster than traditional mail, enabling faster results for the customer and reducing the time where a person may have the potential to spread COVID-19 by 24-48 hours.”
Jason Feldman, founder and CEO of Vault Health, said: “We feel an obligation as a team to help expand COVID-19 testing across America with continued innovation. Our shipping and result turnaround time is already fast, but working with Flirtey to make on-demand drone delivery of COVID-19 saliva test kits available will make