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How drones delivering COVID-19 jabs will help take India's vaccination drive to all corners of India

India's health ministry launched a new initiative, the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) vaccine delivery model — Drone Response and Outreach in North East (i-Drone).

Officials reported on Monday that the delivery model is to make sure that life-saving COVID-19 vaccines reach everyone, which is in line with the government's commitment to ‘Antyodaya' in health — making healthcare accessible to the last citizen of the country.

Let’s see how this new initiative will help expand India's COVID-19 vaccination programme.

i-Drone initiative

Under this new plan, for the first time, a 'Make in India’ drone was used in South Asia to transport COVID-19 vaccine over an aerial distance of 15 km in 12-15 minutes from the Bishnupur district hospital to Loktak lake, Karang island in Manipur for administration at a primary health centre.

The vaccines were taken to a primary health centre on the island where 10 beneficiaries received the first dose and eight got the second shot.


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