The Apian start-up has developed a project that involves the use of drones to create an “air bridge” between the hospitals and the laboratories involved in the fight against the Coronavirus.
The fight against the Coronavirus is now a fight without quarter. In an attempt to stem the spread of the epidemic, states and health authorities around the world are trying every possible strategy. And sometimes even curious. The latest “attempt” comes from the United Kingdom. Here, the remote control vehicle start-up Apian has thought of using flying drones to transport medical devices, blood samples and everything else needed to deal with the emergency. Apian’s founders Christopher Law and Hammad Jeilani were inspired by the “airlift to Berlin”, the action taken during the Cold War by the United States and its allies to transport food and other essentials to West Berlin surrounded by the Soviets. The idea is to create “air corridors” between hospitals and research laboratories using drones. In this way, it could be possible to speed up the delivery of medical supplies (and in the future also vaccine) and reduce contact between people.
UK: drones against Coronavirus
The idea of using drones against the Coronavirus has been successful. The Apian start-up project convinced the authorities at the head of the British National Health System (NHS). As the Guardian says, the first test “flights” will take place between Broomfield Hospital (Essex), Basildon Hospital and the Pathology First laboratory in Basildon. To ensure the integrity of the products being transported, a former military pilot has been recruited. To carry out the first tests, Law and Jeilani received £1.3 million in funding from the UK Space Agency. “The Covid-19 highlighted the challenges in the NHS’s logistics and supply chain,” explained Christopher Law. “We are confident that by establishing a delivery service with medical drones, we will be able to bring samples to the laboratory more regularly, reliably and quickly, helping to improve patient health outcomes”.
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