Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has pledged its support for the expansion of a medical drone network into Ghana.
What will become the world’s largest vaccine drone delivery network, Zipline will use UAVs to make the deliveries.
The announcement described how Zipline’s drones are expected to serve up to 2,000 health facilities and 12m people in Ghana.
The California-based automated logistics firm will use drones to make on-demand, emergency deliveries of high priority products including emergency and routine vaccines and other health products.
Dr Seth Berkely, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, commented: “The ability of the government to supplement routine immunisation on demand will allow us to make sure that there will always be enough life-saving vaccines for every child in Ghana.
“This is an exciting development for Gavi that is ultimately going to ensure we leave no one behind and help us protect more children living in remote areas against vaccine-preventable diseases,” he added.
The service will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week from four distribution centres which are each equipped with 30 drones.