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Who Received The First-Ever COVID-19 Vaccine?

Today, the U.K. administered the first-ever COVID-19 vaccine. Margaret Keenan made history as the first person ever to receive it. People are hoping this will signal an end to the pandemic. The former shop clerk is celebrating her 91st birthday next week.

Now, a vaccination is a perfect way to commemorate the moment. She received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at 6:31 a.m. local time on Tuesday, December 8. Keenan received the vaccination at University Hospital Coventry in England. She told outlets that she feels “privileged” to receive it.

Learn about the 90-year-old grandmother

Margaret Keenan called it “the best early birthday present I could wish for.” However, most people wouldn’t want a vaccine for their birthday. But amid a deadly pandemic, it makes sense. One photo showing Keenan receiving the shot.

A second photo shows medical staff applauding her. One of the medical staff pushes her down the hallway in a wheelchair. Keenan donned a blue face mask for the moment. She also wore a blue T-shirt that read “Merry Christmas,” which featured a penguin wearing a Santa Claus hat.

“I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against COVID-19,” she said, as quoted by the Associated Press. “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.”

As per CNN, Keenan told the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) that receiving the first-ever vaccine was “wonderful” and she “wasn’t nervous” to receive it. She feels that it’s all “for a good cause” in an effort to battle “a terrible, terrible disease.”

“I would say go for it,” she responded to those considering the vaccine. “If I can do it, well, so can you.”

U.K. approves COVID-19 vaccine

However, Keenan isn’t the only one. Dozens of other elderly Brits will receive the vaccine as well. U.K. became the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, December 2. The nation’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) granted temporary authorization for the emergency use of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.

The U.S. submitted the vaccine to the FDA for approval. BBC News reported that an additional 800,000 doses will be available this week, with healthcare workers and nursing home residents are given first priority for the vaccine.

According to Pfizer’s phase-three study, the vaccine is 95% effective with “no serious safety concerns.” The pharmaceutical company hopes that the U.S. will approve the vaccine and will lead to additional doses for distribution before the end of the year. Pfizer claims that they could have 50 million doses available this year, and 1.3 billion in 2021.

The COVID-19 vaccine requires two shots, given three weeks apart. The company claims that it was “well tolerated across all populations.” What are your thoughts? Will you get the COVID vaccine once it becomes available? Sound off below.

Chanel Adams

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