Drones to carry vital vaccines in Pacific in ground-breaking trial

Friday, March 17, 2017

Unicef is working with the Vanuatu government on the groundbreaking project in the hope it will save lives.

“If it works it will be massive, it will be huge, it will be another step ensuring that all children get the vaccinations they have a right to and deserve,” Sheldon Yett, Unicef Pacific representative says.

Unicef has already run successful drone trials in Malawi in Africa to transport HIV/Aids blood samples. It plans to do the same thing with vaccines in the Pacific with trials starting in Vanuatu in June.

“It’s very important to go in a methodical method and do small trials, making sure that the vaccines can be delivered safely making sure the vaccines don’t get lost, making sure they stay cold,” says Mr Yett.

Source: TVNZ (link opens in a new window)

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