Usage of Drones In The Fight With COVID-19

How Can Drones Help Us?

Currently, the COVID-19 vaccine is already being handed out and soon it will need to reach more and more people. And, as we are getting closer to the vaccine mount, the debate rages on reaching the hundreds of millions of people in the most efficient way possible. Drones can play a significant role in delivering the vaccine. For a fact, that wouldn't be the first time when drones transport a vaccine. In 2018 first-ever vaccine was commercially delivered by a drone to a remote Vanuatu island in the South Pacific. We cannot deny that drone technology has played a significant role when it comes to dealing with challenges caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Here are the three examples where drones assisted with the pandemic situation:  

1. Monitoring of public spaces during lockdown and quarantine.

2. Aerial spraying of public areas to disinfect potentially contaminated places.

3. Picking up test samples and transportation of the medical supplies to reduce transportation times and costs in order to minimize the risk of transmission during the delivery. 

Drone companies have discussed with governments worldwide their ability to use unmanned aerial drones to transport vaccine doses, especially in isolated places. They are aiming to reshape the system of shipping and logistics. But to transport the vaccines using drones, careful preparation is needed. It could be hard to access all the regions and fly along fixed routes to move doses in bulk. There's a need for specific security measures against potential threats on the way. Drone fleets can reduce reliance on drivers, increase delivery capacity, and speed up the time it takes for supplies to reach the destination. These advantages would be valuable in complex and urgent vaccine distribution.

Written by Diana Grace Abrenica
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