Margaret Keenan, 90, of the UK, is the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer vaccine outside of the trial.
“I feel very privileged to be the first person to be vaccinated against Covid-19, it is the best early birthday present I could ask for (it turns 91 next week), because I will finally be able to spend time with family and my friends from the new year. “I spent most of 2020 alone,” she said.
“I can not thank more the staff of the Health System who took great care of me. My advice for the vaccine is “do it”. “If I can do it in my 90s, then so can you.”
Around 70 health centers across the UK are set up to vaccinate citizens over the age of 80 and healthcare workers and care units. According to the relevant campaign, the program aims to protect the most vulnerable groups and restore daily life to a normal.
The United Kingdom is the first country in the world to start using the Pfizer vaccine after regulators approved its use last week, with British Health Secretary Matt Hancock stressing that there is now “light at the end of the tunnel”.
“Today V-day is characterized as one of the key moments in the fight against this terrible disease,” he added.
For his part, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Today marks a huge step forward in the UK’s fight against coronavirus.”
London has secured 800,000 doses of the vaccine to start, but 40 million doses have been ordered – enough to vaccinate 20 million people in the 67 million country.
Note that the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is stored at a temperature of at least -70 degrees Celsius and lasts for five days under normal freezing temperatures. For this reason, the Ministry of Health stressed that the vaccine will be given first to 70 hospitals, noting that it will take a few hours to thaw each vaccine and prepare it for use.