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Wuhan uses unmanned delivery drones to deliver medical and biological supplies.

Innovative response

China is using unmaned delivery drones to deliver medical and biological materials to hospitals around Wuhan. The vehicles, created by JD Logistics, are unmanned, thus reducing the person-to-person contact times and freeing up other logistical resources.

Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact

Person-to-person transmission is to be avoided if at all possible to prevent the spread of the virus. Therefore, unmanned machines can help make this a greater reality, whilst still delivering the necessary services. It also frees up delivery drivers and other vehicles for use elsewhere.

Organisations/institutions involved

JD Logistics; Wuhan Renhe Station; Wuhan Ninth Hospital

Issues being addressed:

  • Health and safety of responders
  • Resource management and mobilisation

Date Submitted:

20 March 2020

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