Drone are now used not just to target border enemy or for photography purposes, but also for delivering medicines, vaccine and even blood in remote area. This was made possible in India's Telangana a few years ago and now, the pilot programme has piqued interest on a global scale.
A few years ago, India took drone technology a step forward and introduced the ‘Medicine from the Sky' (MFTS) programme to explore scenarios where drones could ensure timely access to medical supplies and act as a life-saving technology. The programme had primarily focused on the delivery of blood, medicines, vaccines and organs to rural areas.
To check the feasibility of the programme, first, a blood delivery was carried out using drones within line-of-sight, visual range. Soon after this, for the first time, vaccines were delivered beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) using drones.
This way, India became the first country in Asia to deliver COVID-19 vaccines by drones. The trials were conducted in partnership with the state government of Telangana, Apollo Hospital’s HealthNet Global and NITI Aayog over 28 days in designated air corridors in the district of Vikarabad, Telangana.