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On board the vaccine bus in rural France

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Robert, aged 86, and nurse Naura Touaimia on board the Vacci’bus in a village near Reims. © CA Robert, aged 86, and nurse Naura Touaimia on board the Vacci’bus in a village near Reims. © CA

If you cannot come to the vaccine, then the vaccine will come to you. That is the idea behind the 'Vacci'bus' which is visiting parts of rural France at the moment to vaccinate older people in isolated villages against Covid-19. Mediapart went on board a bus servicing the area around Reims where the idea first began, and met some of the residents of these remote communities north-east of Paris. The elderly inhabitants were delighted to be on the bus and receiving their vaccination. But they also revealed what they have been enduring in their village homes during the long months of the epidemic. “We're alone, afraid and we don't see anyone,” one woman said. Cécile Andrzejewski reports.

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