A 90-year-old grandmother in England is now the first patient to receive the Pfizer vaccine in the world. Last week, use of the Pfizer vaccine was approved by the UK, and the National Health Service of the nation is already conducting its mass immunization program.
Maggie, who is a retired jewelry shop assistant, as well as a grandmother to four, revealed that said her vaccination was “the best early birthday present I could wish for.”
Wearing a “Merry Christmas” charity sweater with a festive penguin on it, Maggie—who has been self-isolating for most of 2020—explained to the Associated Press,
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.Maggie
Nurse Parsons, who has worked two dozen years for the NHS, said to the Guardian,
I’m just glad that I’m able to play a part in this historic day. The last few months have been tough for all of us working in the NHS, but now it feels like there is light at the end of the tunnel.Nurse Parsons
The UK is the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer vaccine, and has bought 40 million doses. Shown to have 95% efficacy in trials, the most vulnerable in Britain—certain people over 80, hospital staff, and nursing home workers—are now receiving their first inoculations.
The same vaccine is currently under review for emergency approval by the FDA in the United States. Assent is expected to happen within days. From there, 6.4 million doses are expected to be administered within the first week.
Poorer countries won’t be left out in the cold. In November, it was revealed that the $2 billion has been raised by Vaccine Alliance to purchase COVID-19 shots for low- and middle-income countries.