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90-Year-Old Margaret Keenan From UK Becomes 1st-Person To Receive Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

Huge Step forward against Covid-19 as the UK became the first country to get the vaccine before the United States or the European Union.

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The United Kingdom has started rolling out the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for Covid-19 to its citizens. A 90-year-old grandmother, Margaret Keenan, on December 8 became the first person in the world to have received the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine outside of a trial following its rapid clinical approval. Margaret received the jab at her local hospital in Coventry, central England, according to news reports.

“I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against COVID-19, it’s the best early birthday present I could wish for because it means I can finally look forward to spending time with my family and friends in the New Year after being on my own for most of the year, “said Margaret, who turns 91 next week.

The vaccine received emergency use approval from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency last week. There is a total of 800,000 doses in the first phase, in which people over 80 will get vaccinated first along with nursing home workers. Medical staff will contact people to arrange appointments, and most will have to wait until next year before there is enough vaccine to expand the program. UK PM struck a note of caution to warn that mass vaccination will take time. The Country has secured 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine which is enough for 20 million people. With over 61,000 deaths, Britain is the worst-hit European country from the Pandemic, Coronavirus. However, it became the first Country to get the vaccine before the United States or the European Union.

Today marks a huge step forward in the UK’s fight against coronavirus, as we begin delivering the vaccine to the first patients across the whole country. I am immensely proud of the scientists who developed the vaccine, members of the public who took part in trials, and the NHS who have worked tirelessly to prepare for rollout,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson. On the other hand, Stephen Powis, the national medical director of England’s National Health Service, said the first shot outside of a trial was an emotional moment.