- 90-year-old Margaret Keenan is the first person to get Pfizer’s vaccine
- Getting COVID-19 vaccine shot is the best early birthday gift: Ms. Keenan
- Ultra-cold storage, tricky logistics will limit vaccination efforts: Expert
London: Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old grandmother from the United Kingdom, has become the first person in the world to receive Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine against the novel coronavirus outside of a trial following its rapid clinical approval from the government. An early riser, Ms. Keenan received the vaccine shot at her local hospital in Coventry, central England, on Tuesday (December 8) morning at 0631 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time Zone), a week before she turns 91.
Britain began rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech on Tuesday. It has become the first Western country to start vaccinating its general population in what was hailed as a decisive watershed in defeating the coronavirus pandemic.
The mass inoculation will fuel hope that the world may be turning a corner in the fight against a pandemic that has crushed economies and killed more than 1.5 million people globally, although the ultra-cold storage and tricky logistics will limit its use for now in many parts of the world.
Ms. Keenan said that she feels privileged to be the first person vaccinated against COVID-19. She said,
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.
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