A woman packs a box of vaccines to be delivered by a Zipline drone in Ghana. Photo by: Gavi / 2019 / Isaac Griberg / Handout via REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO — When people refer to drones, they could mean anything from flying cameras that anyone can use, to unmanned aerial systems that can handle medical delivery at a national scale.

Drones have proven their value in areas such as mapping and data collection, but when it comes to delivery, there are few examples of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, going beyond proof of concept flights.

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    Catherine Cheney

    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology, innovation, and philanthropy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported domestically and internationally for outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post. Outside of her own reporting, Catherine also supports other journalists to cover what is working, through her work with the Solutions Journalism Network.