Not fast enough: How to speed up rollout of Covid-19 vaccine?

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If 2020 was the year of the pandemic, may 2021 be the year we won the race to save lives. Every vulnerable person inoculated against the coronavirus is a small victory en route to the day when herd immunity will get the better of Covid-19. So why are the French so slow out of the starting blocks? As of the weekend, less than 500 jabs had been administered here, while Germany was up to 250,000 and the UK nearly a million. We ask about the French government's rethink of its cautious strategy.

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We also ask what the rollout of vaccines from rival pharmaceutical labs means: which is best? One shot or two? How fast can we get to that herd immunity?

And how to keep reminding ourselves that vaccine nationalism will not work: for humanity to succeed, it has got to be one for all and all for one. On that score, here in France, mistrust of authority and anti-vaxxers abound. How to convince sceptics that the jab is safe and necessary?

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Léopoldine Iribarren.

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