Government of Maharashtra and the delivery drone service Zipline, has announced a partnership to utilise a logistics network of autonomous delivery drones to help get access to emergency medicine and critical care in every part of the state.
The vaccine manufacturer Serum Institute of India (SII ), will be providing the grant to support the launch of the initiative, reported the Economic Times.
The service is expected to launch operations in early 2020.
Zipline drones will make on-demand and emergency deliveries of blood products, vaccines and life-saving medications
The government of Maharashtra’s vision is for Zipline to establish a total of 10 distribution centres across the state in phases over the next several years. The use of drone delivery enables seven-days-a-week access to lifesaving and critical medicines for each of its 120 million citizens over the coming years.
In the first phase of operations, two distribution centres located near Pune and Nandurbar will be established to service public health facilities in those regions beginning in early 2020.
The operations in Pune and Nandurbar will be financed through a grant from SII. Future distribution centers will be financed by the government of Maharashtra and other private and philanthropic partners.