Drone Delivery Of Covid-19 Vaccines

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  • May 1, 2021
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Drone Delivery Of Covid-19 Vaccines

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – Health; Governance

In news

  • Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have granted conditional exemption for drone deployment to the Government of Telangana for Experimental delivery of Covid-19 Vaccines.

Key takeaways

  • The permission has been granted within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) Range using drones.
  • It is valid for a period of one year or until further orders.
  • Earlier this month, similar permission was granted to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for conducting feasibility study of Covid-19 vaccine delivery using drones in collaboration with IIT Kanpur.
  • The grant of these permissions is intended to achieve the dual objectives of faster vaccine delivery & improved healthcare access by:
    1. Ensuring primary healthcare delivery at the citizen’s doorstep
    2. Limiting human exposure to COVID congested or COVID prone areas through aerial delivery
    3. Ensuring access to health care to the last mile, especially in remote areas
    4. Possible integration into the middle mile of medical logistics for long range drones
    5. Improving medical supply chain, especially with a third vaccine expected to be commissioned and millions of doses to be transported across India

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