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A 90-year-old woman, the first in the world to receive the Pfizer vaccine


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This Tuesday was marked in red on the British calendar. For the United Kingdom it is “V-Day” (“Vaccine Day” or vaccine day, in Spanish). This is what British Health Minister Matt Hancock called it, who confirmed this weekend that the most important vaccination program in the history of the country, and probably the world, will begin at the same time in the four nations that make up the kingdom.

‘We are going to vaccinate across the country, across the UK. There will be people vaccinated in Northern Ireland, people vaccinated in Wales, in Scotland, everywhere in England… I want people to know that this is for everyone equally according to clinical needs. Throughout the country, help is on the way, “he assured in an interview with the newspaper” The Telegraph “, at which time he also confirmed that the first 800,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine had already arrived, which was approved last Wednesday by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

The protagonist of the day was Margaret Keenan, an anonymous 90-year-old woman. At 6.45 am he became the first person in the United Kingdom and the world to receive the vaccine against Covid-19, specifically the drug developed by the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. Keenan, known to her friends and family as Maggie, was recorded and photographed while Filipino nurse May Parsons administered the vaccine at University Hospital in Coventry, a city in central England.

Keenan, who will turn 91 next week and hails from the Northern Irish town of Enniskillen, is a former jewelry worker with a daughter, a son and four grandchildren. «I feel so privileged to be the first person to be vaccinated against Covid-19. It’s the best birthday present, early, and because it means that I will finally be able to spend time with my family and my friends on New Years after having been practically alone all year, “Keenan told the media, who will receive the second dose in 21 days.

The woman thanked the National Health Service (NHS) for the way they have cared for her and advised people to get vaccinated. “If I can get vaccinated at 90, then you can too,” he said. The Director of the NHS in England, Simon Stevens, thanked all those who participated in getting this important new vaccination program up and running. “Less than a year after the first case of this new disease was diagnosed, the NHS is now providing the first clinically approved Covid-19 vaccine,” he added.

Older first

British regulators gave the green light last week to this vaccine, which is being supplied from Tuesday to the most vulnerable groups in the United Kingdom. Some 50 hospitals in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland today began vaccinating people over 80 and nursing home and healthcare workers, although the residents themselves will have to wait for logistics to allow transfer to the hospital. vaccination site in the next few days.

According to regulators, the vaccine will be effective seven days after a person receives the second dose, although there is some protection 12 days after the first. For now, the UK has committed 40 million doses, which will allow 20 million people to be vaccinated.

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