90-year-old woman becomes first to receive Pfizer vaccine in the UK

The UK on Tuesday became the first country to start administering the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, kicking off its mass vaccination program, which is expected to see 4 million people begin the process by the end of the month. The first person to receive the vaccine outside of a clinical trial was Margaret Keenan, 90, who was given the first of the two injections she will need at University Hospital, Coventry ahead of her birthday next week.

“I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against COVID-19, 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,” said Keenan in a statement.

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