Greece tested drones to deliver medicines to regional areas on Tuesday.
It flew three kilometers between Trikala and Leptokarya in the country’s north and made two stops in between – one at the pharmacy, another at a farmer’s field.
“Technology can give real solutions to real problems that we have today. Today we transported medicines to a pharmacy nearby, tomorrow it could be to transport medicines to some emergency,” said Trikala mayor Dimitris Papastergiou.
It’s part of an EU-funded program called Harmony which aims to use low carbon and less resource-intensive solutions for transport.
The drone program is intended to serve people with mobility issues, isolated villages and homes, and sites of emergencies. Officials said the project is particularly crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It concerns situations where immediate help will be needed, or people and places that are isolated,” said Dimitris Anastasiou, president of the Trikala pharmacists’ association.
The Harmony program will be tested in six cities in Europe and Britain.