"Forgotten" tribes living in the most isolated parts of the Amazon rainforest were informed about Covid for the first time as aid workers arrived to dish out vaccines.

More than a year and a half after the start of the global pandemic, a community leader in a remote Peru village was told how Covid has ravaged much of the world.

Mariano Quisto said he was none the wiser, but dutifully got his jab and considered his tribe lucky for having avoided the terrifying disease.

Mr Quisto said: "We didn't know about COVID-19. This is the first we are hearing about it."

Based in the northern village of Mangual, Mariano's family and friends simply had no idea what has been happening.

That's despite Peru having experienced Covid severely, with among the world's worst death rates per head.

For Quisto's community not to have heard of a pandemic tearing through towns just miles away shows just how isolated they choose to be.

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Aid workers had to travel three days by boat to reach Mangual, where they handed out vaccines to grateful by somewhat confused community members.

Clad in full-scale PPE probably never seen by Quisto and his tribe, government health workers and Red Cross volunteers jabbed scores of Mangual residents.

Those living there have no electricity and must fish for their every meal.

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The local language is very different from the Spanish spoken throughout the rest of Peru, having grown over hundreds of years of separation from the rest of society.

Campaigner Gilberto Inuma said: "Brigades haven't come here in many years. These communities are really forgotten."

Ms Inuma works on behalf of the rights of indigenous groups like the Urarina, who populate tiny villages like Mangual.

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The entire ethnicity has a population of just 5,800.

Yet five members are estimated to have died of coronavirus, Reuters reported.

Even so, Mr Quisto complained there is no full-time medical care offered to remote communities like his.

Vaccines are all well and good, but the everyday diseases faced in Mangual are a challenge, too.

He added: "We don't know how to take care of our patients. That's our worry.

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