A 90-year-old grandmother, Margaret Keenan on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shot outside of trial as Britain began vaccinating its population.
Britain became the first Western country to start vaccinating its general population in what was hailed as a decisive watershed in defeating the coronavirus when it began rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech on yesterday Tuesday, December 8, 2020.
Keenan said she is so exicited and privileged to be the first person vaccinated against Covid-19 as she received the jab from a nurse originally from the Philippines in front of a photographer and TV crew.
“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.’’ Keenan said.
Keenan, known as Maggie to her friends, is a former jewelry shop assistant who only retired four (4)years ago. She has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.
Britain is the worst-hit European country from COVID-19, with over 61,000 deaths, though Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to turn the tide against the disease by rolling out the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine ahead of the United States or European Union.
The mass inoculation would 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.
However, the ultra-cold storage and tricky logistics would limit its use for now.
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Stephen Powis, medical director for NHS England, said they both found it very emotional watching the vaccine programme roll out.
The BBC also carried an interview with another elderly lady who was upset for losing her hubby to the dreaded coronavirus is also ready to receive the covid-19 vaccine.
Britain has ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech shot. As each person requires two doses, that is enough to vaccinate 20 million people in the country of 67 million.
About 800,000 doses are expected to be available within the first week, with care home residents and carers, the over 80s and some health service workers the top priority to get them.