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Greece trials drone drug delivery for isolated regions

By Chris Stonor

Last week, Greece carried out a drone trial to deliver medicines to an isolated region, flying the craft to a village with just 200 inhabitants, reports

The red drone with four rotor blades took off from the north-western Greek city of Trikala and flew 3 kilometres to Leptokarya. It made two stops, landing outside a pharmacy and then in a farmer’s field. A pharmacy staff member unloaded the medicine from a storage compartment on the drone, before it flew off again.

Trikala Mayor Dimitris Papastergiou, said, “Technology can give real solutions to real problems that we have. Today, we transported medicines to a pharmacy nearby. Tomorrow, it could be to transport medicines to an emergency.“

The EU-funded program called Harmony, aims to use low carbon and less resource intensive solutions for transport. The plan is to serve people with mobility issues as well as those living in isolated villages and homes or sites of emergencies. Officials said the project is particularly crucial during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dimitris Anastasiou, President of the Trikala Pharmacists’ Association, commented, “It concerns situations where immediate help will be needed or people and places that are isolated.

The Harmony program that includes autonomous vehicles, is to be trialled in six cities around Europe and the UK.

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