by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – Israel is set to become the first country in the world that can fly urgent medical supplies to hospitals nationwide through the use of aerial drones, the Times of Israel (TOI) reports.
This breakthrough in emergency care is the result of a new five-year partnership agreement between Israel-based aero-logistics company Gadfin and Sarel, the country’s biggest medical purchasing and logistics company, TOI reports.
The $5 million agreement provides for an aerial drone grid that can deliver urgent supplies, including equipment, medicines, vaccines, blood, serum, and lab samples, at less than one hour from call, to hospitals within 200 kilometers (124 miles), TOI said. The grid will deploy 18 Spirit One air vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology that will make 60 deliveries a day.
“This will allow Israel to be the first country in the world that will have such a fast supply of urgent medical supplies to all the hospitals around the country from one center, which will end up saving lives,” Eyal Regev, founder, and CEO of Gadfin told TOI.
“Within three years, we plan to have the full aerial drone network to deliver medical supplies to 11 hospitals in Israel, and we are also duplicating this network around the world.”
In a separate statement, Sarel CEO Avi Buskila said: “This partnership with Gadfin, utilizing its breakthrough technology, will allow Sarel to be the first medical logistics company in the world to allow [for the delivery of] nationwide, on-demand, immediate lifesaving equipment, and supply, regardless of traffic, while reducing inventory and waste due to expired medical supplies.”
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