90 Year old women gets First Pfizer vaccine shot in the World
With the UK kicking off its historic biggest-ever vaccine campaign, a 90-year-old woman on Tuesday became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech jab against the deadly coronavirus.
Margaret Keena was given the life-saving jab by nurse May Parsons at her local hospital in Coventry at 6:31 am GMT.
After receiving the coronavirus vaccine, Margeret, who turns 91 next week, said it's the "best early birthday present".
"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 Maggie, who turns 91 next week.
Maggie is among the first set of people contacted in advance by the NHS for the jab based on a pre-determined health risk criteria and will include 87-year-old British Indian grandfather of nine Hari Shukla, who will get his first dose at a hospital in Newcastle.
People aged 80 and over as well as care home workers will be first to receive the jab this week, along with NHS workers who are at higher risk among the first to receive the "life-saving jab".
"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," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
Earlier on December 2, Britain approved Pfizer's Covid-19 jumping ahead of the United States and Europe to become the West's first country to formally endorse a jab it said should reach the most vulnerable people early next week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson touted the medicine authority's approval as a global win and a ray of hope amid the gloom of the novel coronavirus which has killed nearly 1.5 million people globally, hammered the world economy, and upended normal life.
Britain's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) granted emergency use approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which they say is 95 percent effective in preventing illness, in record time - just 23 days since Pfizer published the first data from its final stage clinical trial.