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Drone technology delivers doses to difficult-to-reach locations
Zipline, a drone delivery company, unveiled a collaboration with UPS and The UPS Foundation to help deliver Covid-19 vaccines across Ghana, including to remote, hard-to-reach areas. In 2019, the government of Ghana integrated Zipline’s services into its healthy supply chain, with support from Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance), the UPS Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners.
“The UPS Foundation is committed to support the equitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines around the globe,” said Nikki Clifton, president of the UPS Foundation. “This is a moment like no other, and it demands the expertise that UPS has developed in healthcare logistics. We are moving the world forward by delivering what matters, and UPS is proud to be a key player in the global public-private partnerships helping to distribute vaccines to the world.”
Supported by the coordination of UPS Healthcare with vaccine manufacturers, UPS deliveries of initial vaccines recently arrived in Ghana from the COVAX facility, and transportation began immediately.