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Coronavirus: 90-year-old woman from Northern Ireland receives first Pfizer vaccine

The majority of the British population will however have to wait until 2021, priority given to residents and staff of retirement homes, followed by caregivers and those over 80.

LThe United Kingdom has launched its vaccination campaign against Covid-19, the first in a Western country, we can read in the British press on Tuesday. The first person in the world to receive an injection from the US-German alliance Pfizer / BioNTech, outside of the research stages, is Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old woman from Northern Ireland.

A vaccination that takes place almost a week after the green light given to its deployment in the most bereaved country in Europe with nearly 61,500 dead.

Television cameras showed the nonagenarian, receiving the injection, sitting in her chair and interacting peacefully with the nurse. She said she felt “so privileged” to get this injection at Coventry University Hospital in central England.

The majority of the British population will however have to wait until 2021, priority given to residents and staff of retirement homes, followed by caregivers and those over 80.

The distribution of the vaccine will be “a marathon and not a sprint,” warned the medical director of the public health service (NHS) Stephen Powis.

Vaccination centers have been set up in various locations across the UK where people over 80 and healthcare staff can get vaccinated.

The UK was the first country to give the green light to Pfizer / BioNTech’s vaccine. The European Medicines Agency is expected to issue an opinion on this vaccine by the end of December, while Canada could start immunizing its population as early as next week.

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