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Researchers Are Using 5G, Blockchain, And UAV Tech To Distribute The Jab


You can’t make this stuff up folks…..the jab is about to become airborne.

Researchers have reportedly introduced a method where 5G cellular communications are used to pilot UAV drones, and then securely deliver doses of the vaccine to hospitals—all tracked and managed by blockchain tech.

While the tech is extremely impressive and new use cases for blockchain tech are always hot on my radar, I don’t think that spending boatloads on delivering an experimental vaccine is the wisest use of that tech.

There are a million and one things that this tech could be used for, things which would make our lives happier, less stressful, freer, and more comfortable.

Instead we are seeing technocratic ways of pushing experimental medicines on a weary public.

Take a look:

The new technology was featured in Finbold:

VaCoChain uses blockchain, the technology underpinning cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that use fifth-generation (5G) communication services for timely distribution of vaccines.

The researchers said that the new scheme can be used in administering vaccines at a time when countries worldwide continue to face challenges in their vaccination drive to protect their citizens from the COVID-19 virus. They said that VaCoChain can also be used in future pandemics.

The official abstract and paper behind the tech could be found in The NIH Library of Medicine:

This paper proposes a generic scheme VaCoChain, that fuses blockchain (BC) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) underlying fifth-generation (5G) communication services for timely vaccine distribution during novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and future pandemics.

The scheme offers 5G-tactile internet (5G-TI)-based services for UAV communication networks (UAVCN) monitored through ground controller stations (GCs). 5G-TI enabled UAVCN supports real-time dense connectivity at ultra-low round-trip time (RTT) latency of < 1 and high availability of 99.9999%. Thus, it can support resilient vaccine distributions in a phased manner at government-designated nodal centers (NCs) with reduced round trip delays from vaccine production warehouses (VPW).

Further, UAVCNs ensure minimizes human intervention and controls vaccine health conditions due to shorter trip times. Once vaccines are supplied at NCs warehouses, then the BC ensures timestamped documentation of vaccinated persons with chronology, auditability, and transparency of supply-chain checkpoints from VPW to NCs. Through smart contracts (SCs), priority groups can be formed for vaccination based on age, healthcare workers, and general commodities. 

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