A 90-year-old woman has been the first person in the UK and the world to receive the Covid-19 vaccine developed by US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, media reported on Tuesday.
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London.- Margaret Keenan, of 90 years, was filmed and photographed while the vaccine at Coventry University Hospital, in the center of England.
British regulators last week gave the green light to this vaccine, which as of this Tuesday will begin to be supplied to the most vulnerable groups of the United Kingdom.
Keenan, whom his friends and family call « Maggie« received the first of two doses of the vaccine from the nurse May parsons, of Filipino origin, in the midst of great media attention to mark the beginning of what the Government of the United Kingdom has named the V-Day« (Day of the V or vaccination).
Keenan, who will turn 91 next week and hails from the Northern Irish town of Enniskillen, is a former employee of a jewelry store, has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.
« I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against Covid-19. It’s the best birthday present, early on, and because it means that I will finally be able to spend time with my family and friends in New Year after being practically alone all year, « Keenan told the media.
The woman thanked the National Health Service (NHS, for its acronym in English) for the way they have cared for her and advised people to get vaccinated.
« If I can receive her at 90 years, then you can also receive it « , he affirmed.
The director of the NHS in England, Simon Stevens, thanked all the people 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 facilitating the first vaccine against him Covid-19 clinically approved, « he added.
Keenan, who has lived in Coventry for more than 60 years, will receive the second dose in 21 days.
The nurse has been working for the NHS for 24 years and joined the Coventry University Hospital in 2003.
Some 50 hospitals in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will begin today vaccinating people over 80 and employees in the healthcare sector and nursing homes, although the residents themselves will have to wait for logistics to allow transfer to the hospital. place of the vaccine in the coming days.
According to regulators, the vaccine It will be effective seven days after a person receives the second dose, although there is some protection 12 days after the first.
The United Kingdom It has committed 40 million doses, which will allow vaccinating 20 million people.