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The economic and operational value of using drones to transport vaccines

Haidari, L. A., Brown, S. T., Ferguson, M., Bancroft, E., Spiker, M., Wilcox, A., ... & Lee, B. Y. (2016). The economic and operational value of using drones to transport vaccines. Vaccine, 34(34), 4062-4067. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X16304352

Summary

In poor countries, it is difficult for the people to get vaccines. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) can be the solution to this problem. An experiment is done in which the transport with UAVs is tested on transporting vaccines through different circumstances and on the costs of it relative to the traditional multi-tiered land transport system. The experiment was done with help of the HERMES-generated simulation model. The result is that UAVs are suitable for transporting vaccines, but it has to happen on a large scale to overcome the costs of installing the system.

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