Medical drone delivery spreads to Tanzania

Zipline drone
Zipline’s drones have been delivering blood supplies for months in Rwanda. (Zipline Photo)

While Amazon continues testing drone delivery systems for popcorn and other consumer goods, a startup called Zipline is expanding its fully operational medical drone delivery system from Rwanda to Tanzania to serve a desperate global health need.

Among the effort’s backers is the Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Today Tanzanian health officials announced that they’ll launch what may well rank as the world’s largest drone delivery service in the first quarter of 2018.

When the system is up and running, fixed-wing drones will make up to 2,000 deliveries a day to more than 1,000 health facilities that serve 10 million people, according to a news release issued by California-based Zipline.

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By Alan Boyle

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