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"Drones could soon be ferrying blood and other medical supplies to hospitals and clinics in North Carolina if the N.C. Department of Transportation’s bid to be part of a federal test program is approved," the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

The big picture: "The North Carolina proposal is one of about 210 applications to the [FAA] Drone Integration Pilot Program, a three-year effort launched by the Trump administration last fall to test [commercial] drones."

  • The North Carolina department "is leading a team of private companies that proposes to set up a network of distribution centers that would use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to make medical deliveries in North Carolina."
  • "The drone delivery companies, including Matternet and Zipline, operate overseas but not in the U.S."

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