The Balkar district administration in Maharashtra conducted an experiment in which the drone was used to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in a remote village located in a rough terrain, its top official said.
The test, which was successfully conducted on Thursday, was the first of its kind in the state, said Dr Manik Kursal, the district collector who coordinated the test.
“As part of the training, a batch of 300 vaccines was taken from Jawaharlal Nehru to Jab village. Otherwise the task, which took more than 40 minutes, was completed in nine minutes. The vaccines were delivered locally. The district health center said in a statement on Friday.
The distance between the two points was about 20 kilometers, an official said.
District Health Officer Dr Dayanand Suryavanshi said this was possible with the help of private companies who came forward to help.
“It will go a long way in the vaccination movement because it can easily send medicines to the doorsteps of villagers who find it difficult to reach vaccination centers. This will, to some extent, help dispel misconceptions about the vaccine. From the minds of the people,” he said.