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Faced with the Covid-19 pandemic, disinfection missions carried out by the Army are increasing in France. Among the units authorized to carry them out: the 2nd dragon regiment, the only one in the country entirely specialized NRBC (nuclear, radiological, bacteriological and chemical). </p><div> <p>One year after the launch of Operation "Resilience" by Emmanuel Macron, the Army continues to provide a logistical and medical response to the Covid-19 crisis in France. Today, the 2nd Dragon Regiment operates occasional disinfection missions. Deployed in Mayotte, the unit carries out preventive disinfection there. However, these operations are more limited than at the start of the pandemic.
Spring 2020: the peak of the “Resilience” operation
In the battle against Covid-19, the army has been mobilized since the first wave in March 2020. Among the actions carried out, the opening of a medical resuscitation structure in a tent in Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin), the transfer of patients by air or the transport of medical equipment and reinforcements overseas.
These are implemented by the army health service, but also by the 2nd RD (regiment of dragoons). Based in Fontevraud, this cavalry regiment specializes in unconventional threats. It was he who carried out the decontamination of the famous aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle, some of the sailors of which had tested positive for Covid-19 on April 12, 2020. The regiment then applied water vapor high temperature and antivirus product in the ship, the size of which is equivalent to a 25-story building.
Civilian military synergies
The experts of the 2e RD also advised and controlled the private company which carried out the disinfection of the National Assembly in the spring of 2020. Invested in an advisory role, the regiment is now training more and more companies on Covid-19 type disinfection protocols.
The intervention of the 2nd RD, the last resort
In all, 4,000 soldiers have been mobilized in recent months against the virus. Commander Florent of the 2e RD explains: “Our priority is first and foremost the protection and CBRN support of the armed forces. Second, we can intervene when the internal security services are overwhelmed by an event or a disaster”.
Regarding vaccination, the army and firefighters will deploy “at least” 35 large vaccination centers against Covid-19, to be able to use all the doses that will be delivered to France from April , specified the Minister of Health on March 22.
If the soldiers of the 2e RD stand ready, Commander Florent is categorical: “For the moment, we have not received any orders concerning the vaccination”.
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