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Drones deliver vaccines to India's remote areas for the first time as World Economic Forum launches trial

Drones deliver COVID-19, MMR, and influenza vaccines for the first time to India's remote areas and vulnerable communities. The country is set to become a pioneer in drone delivery in Asia. The project "Medicine from the Sky", which entails the delivery of medicines and vaccines to remote areas of the country, was launched in the town of Vikarabad, Indian state of Telangana, on September 11. The trial has been organised by the World Economic Forum in partnership with the state government of Telangana, Apollo Hospital’s HealthNet Global, and NITI Aayog. The pilot will take place for 28 days. According to the World Economic forum "this is also the first drone programme since India recently liberalized its drone policy". Timothy Reuter, Head of Aerospace and Drones, World Economic Forum, said: "The Forum is pleased to support Indian government and industry in demonstrating how emerging technologies can be used to improve access to healthcare for its most vulnerable populations. We believe that India’s work with drones can serve as a model for other countries in the region and beyond".

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