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Vanuatu and UNICEF inviting drone companies to bid for vaccines delivery

Vanuatu and UNICEF inviting drone companies to bid for vaccines delivery
Vanuatu and UNICEF inviting drone companies to bid for vaccines delivery
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Vanuatu and UNICEF have issued a request for tender inviting drone companies to bid on a contract to deliver vaccines along the nation’s chain of remote islands.

Current vaccine delivery uses 9-seater puddle-jumper planes that hop from island to island, landing on grass airstrips, but this is slow and inefficient, and frequently delayed by factors like jeep breakdowns at an island’s clinic.

Drone companies see this contract as a way to prove out (and shake down) the idea of drone delivery, going beyond the one-shot stunts from the likes of Google and Amazon, Boing Boing reports.

With the current system, determined health workers and UNICEF staffers are getting vaccines to maybe 80 or 85 percent of Vanuatu’s children, UNICEF estimates.

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