n March 2019, UPS partnered with drone startup company Matternet to deliver medical samples to a hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. In July 2019, UPS announced the wholly-owned subsidiary UPS Flight Forward that would focus on parcel delivery by drone. In 2020, Verizon, UPS Flight Forward, and Skyward started testing 4G LTE in delivery drones to demonstrate cellular reliability and performance at altitude.

As of early 2021, UPS had operated more than 3,800 successful drone delivery flights since the creation of UPS Flight Forward.

UPS Flight Forward is now making COVID-19 vaccine deliveries via drone for Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, using new cold chain packaging developed specifically for drones.

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