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U.S. Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan

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A Zipline drone delivering medical supplies.

Credit: Zipline/AP

U.S. drone firm Zipline is delivering medical supplies to pharmacies and hospitals in southwestern Japan via aerial drones, in partnership with the Toyota Tsusho trading company.

Zipline's Keller Rinaudo is confident the technology will find acceptance in a country with a large senior populace that requires better healthcare in isolated areas.

“You can totally transform the way that you react to pandemics, treat patients, and do things like home healthcare delivery," Rinaudo said.

The service can help shrink medication stockpiles and waste through precise delivery.

Toyota Tsusho's Sora-iina subsidiary is operating the service, managing a distribution center and flights from Fukue Port in Japan's Goto Islands.

From Associated Press
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