Zipline, the world’s first and only national-scale drone delivery company, announced a collaboration with UPS and The UPS Foundation to help deliver COVID-19 vaccines across Ghana, including to remote, hard-to-reach areas.
The government of Ghana integrated Zipline’s services into its healthy supply chain in 2019 with support from Gavi, the UPS Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other partners.
“COVID-19 vaccines are arguably the world’s most precious commodity this year,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi. “With every dose being so important, it is critical to ensure that our partner countries have the necessary support and tools to deliver vaccines effectively and efficiently to those who need them.”
“The UPS Foundation is committed to support the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines around the globe,” said Nikki Clifton, president of the UPS Foundation. “This is a moment like no other and it demands the expertise that UPS has developed in healthcare logistics. We are moving the world forward by delivering what matters and UPS is proud to be a key player in the global public-private partnerships helping to distribute vaccines to the world.”
“This is a moment like no other and it demands the expertise that UPS has developed in healthcare logistics.”
Supported by the coordination of UPS Healthcare with vaccine manufacturers, UPS deliveries of initial vaccines recently arrived in Ghana from the COVAX facility and transportation begins right away.
“Zipline is honored to be a key partner of the Ministry of Health in the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines,” said Naa Adorkor Yawson, General Manager of Zipline Ghana. “Our services enable equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine to all Ghanaians, even in areas that do not have cold chain equipment. On-demand delivery service also prevents waste and spoilage of the vaccines by only sending the exact amount required by each facility at any given time. Zipline has the capacity to deliver vaccines, even those that require ultra-low temperatures, to the over 1,000 health facilities that we currently serve.”