Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old grandmother from UK, has become the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine beside a trial following its active clinical consent.
Keenan got the jab at her district hospital in Coventry situated in central England, on Tuesday morning at 06:31 GMT, a week before she turns 91-year-old.
“It’s the greatest early birthday gift I could hope for because it suggests I can definitely look ahead to spending time with my family and friends in the New Year after living on my own for most of the year,” stated Keenan.
The UK started operating out the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, called “V-Day”, the first Western nation to begin vaccinating its overall population in what was hailed as a crucial watershed in beating the coronavirus.
On Saturday, Russia began vaccinating thousands of doctors, teachers and others at dozens of centres in Moscow with its Sputnik V vaccine.
That programme is being seen contrarily because Russia allowed use of Sputnik V last season after it was examined on only a few dozen people.
UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock, ordinarily quiet, stated he felt “quite emotional”, calculating that 70 hospitals in the nation would start the vaccine programme.
The mass immunization will build confidence that the world may be returning a corner in the fight on a pandemic that has broken economies and killed more than 1.5 million. However, ultra-cold storage requirement and complex logistics will limit its use for now.
The UK has reported 61,000 COVID-19 related deaths – more than any other nation has recorded in Europe, and over 1.7 million cases.