Vaccine rollout faces challenges in France’s poorest region

first_imgSAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — Many people lining up for vaccines in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis are particularly grateful for the injections. The surrounding region is the poorest in mainland France, with 130 languages spoken and the country’s highest rise in mortality last spring. Up to 75 percent of the population is made up of immigrants and those with immigrant roots. France’s already troubled vaccine campaign faces special challenges in this region. So officials are sending out a special bus to visit street markets and assigning “vaccination ambassadors” who speak several languages to provide vaccine information — and fight disinformation that spreads fast.last_img read more

German army medics arrive in Portugal to help fight pandemic

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — A German military medical team has arrived in Lisbon to help Portugal cope with a pandemic surge that has made it the world’s worst-hit country by size of population. The 26-strong German team includes eight doctors and 18 nurses. Portuguese Health Minister Marta Temido said Wednesday they would be deployed at an intensive care unit at Lisbon’s Hospital da Luz. Temido said the deployment addresses an acute problem in Portugal: a shortage of human resources in the public health system. Services have been stretched to the limit after a January spike fueled by a fast-spreading COVID-19 variant first identified in England.last_img read more