If you’ve been reading the blog for a while now, then you know how excited I get about vaccines. Add that enthusiasm to the excitement that I had when I was lucky enough to fly a drone for campus aerial photos (for a different college), and you can only begin to see my excitement when I discovered the article “Let it Fly: Drones can economically deliver vaccines to hard-to-reach areas” in the Fall 2016 Johns Hopkins Public Health magazine.
The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) published research in June 2016 on their initial findings from computer simulation of vaccine delivery via drone. They found that drone delivery would have a 20% reduction in the cost of vaccine delivery compared to the road routes designed in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Growing up with easy access to vaccines and benefiting from their life saving effects, I find it exciting that there is finally technology that would allow us to distribute vaccines to the hard to reach populations. If you’re as excited by this as I am, I encourage you to read the article and take a look at the IVAC’s work.