Italy's first COVID-stricken town gets vaccine

A paramedic, Marco, brought the vaccines from Milan, escorted by a police car.

At his arrival, with fogged glasses due to the protective mask, he was welcomed like a celebrity as he handed out the valuable box to the local hospital, surrounded by photographers and cameramen.

"I am proud to be here", he told Reuters.

Like so many other colleagues, he witnessed the first - and also the second - wave of the deadly virus that ravaged his region.

"We all, paramedics, doctors and nurses, have worked in a sort of no man's land, not on the front line, but in a no man's land".

Video Transcript

- [SPEAKING ITALIAN]

INTERPRETER: I am proud to be here. I witnessed the second wave of the pandemic but also the first wave. All of us paramedics, doctors, and nurses have worked in a sort of no man's land-- not on the front line, but in a no man's land.

- [SPEAKING ITALIAN]

INTERPRETER: We have learned many lessons, even on our own skin. In this second wave, we were more prepared from a psychological point of view. We were better equipped with adequate protective devices. We had protocols and procedures to follow. However, I would not like to witness a third wave.