Drones to Fight COVID-19 Pandemic


Since 2016, Zipline, a San Francisco-based start-up, has been using drones to deliver blood and medical supplies to hospitals and health care centres in Rwanda. Recently, the company came forward to work with the governments of Rwanda and Ghana to support and help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Zipline has set up two distribution centres in Rwanda and four in Ghana. Hospitals or health care centres can place their orders through smartphones. The drones make deliveries in 30 minutes within an 80km range. The drones can carry cargo weighing up to 2.5kgs and drop supplies to designated areas using a paper parachute. 

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