Vaccination in France: the convoy of doses, an operation under close surveillance

    Vaccination in France: the convoy of doses, an operation under close surveillance

    The sun is barely up, but the gendarmes are already on the lookout. In front of a Seine-et-Marne toll, the soldiers await the imminent arrival of a “oh so” sensitive convoy. On board an unmarked car, which spins on the highway, a few doses of the long-awaited vaccine which should help to stem the coronavirus epidemic.

    Policemen on motorcycles, powerful gendarmerie cars, a secret route, precautions are taken to bring the first injections of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine safely. The police, experienced in sensitive missions such as the transport of money from the Bank of France or nuclear fuel, ensure that the bottles of serum do not fall into the wrong hands: “We act to face potential adversaries with multiple faces, explains Lieutenant Jean-Gabriel Musa of the Nemours gendarmerie platoon. It could be terrorists, members of the anti-ax sphere or followers of conspiracy theory. “

    Under good escort, the utility carrying the vaccines is forced to make its way through the traffic jams leaving on vacation when passing through the area. These doses, like the 19,500 other arrivals early Saturday morning in France from Belgium to the central pharmacy of Public Assistance – Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP), in the Paris suburbs, will be administered as part of the campaign. which begins Sunday in France.

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