With no end to the COVID-19 pandemic in sight, more technology companies in the U.S. are pitching in to help fight the pandemic in innovative ways.
The San Francisco-based company, Zipline, which uses drones to deliver medical products to patients and doctors in Africa, has been in talks with the U.S. government to launch the company's services here.
"We're already stocking COVID-19 products at most of our distribution centers so they can be delivered instantly, said Keller Rinaudo, the Co-Founder and CEO of Zipline. The pandemic has heightened demand for protective products "...like protective gear or treatments for people with respiratory issues," Rinaudo adds. "Those things can now be delivered instantly when a patient is actually having an emergency."
Zipline says each of its distribution centers can deliver around 1,000 kilograms of material every day to hospitals and health facilities. Its medical product delivery service in Africa has been so successful that Zipline has attracted tens of millions of dollars in funding from venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.
Rinaudo believes drone deliveries can also help chronic care patients who do not have COVID-19. Once Zipline receives orders from their doctors, the company says its customers can expect swift deliveries directly to local neighborhood drop-off centers, or to their homes.
Would you want Zipline drones to deliver your future COVID-19 testing kits and vaccines?