British grandma is the primary on the planet to obtain a Pfizer vaccine exterior of the trial
© Reuters. BioNTech and Pfizer's dose of COVID-19 vaccination is shown in this undated flyer photo
By Kate Holton
LONDON (Reuters) – Margaret Keenan, a 90-year-old grandmother, became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer (NYSE 🙂 COVID-19 vaccine shot outside of a trial as the UK started vaccinating its population.
As an early riser, Keenan received the vaccine Tuesday morning at 0631 GMT, a week before she was 91, at her local hospital in Coventry, Central England.
The UK on Tuesday began rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the first western country to begin vaccinating its general population in what has been termed a crucial watershed for fighting the coronavirus.
"I feel so privileged to be the first person to be vaccinated against Covid-19," said Keenan.
"It's the best early birthday gift I could ever wish for because it means I can finally look forward to spending time with family and friends in the New Year after being alone for most of the year . "
Keenan, known to her friends as Maggie, is a former jeweler who only retired four years ago. She has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.
Video footage shows her wearing a medical mask, blue T-shirt, and cardigan while she receives the tape from Sister May Parsons (NYSE :).
Parsons said the past few months have been tough for everyone, but it felt like there was light at the end of the tunnel.
The UK is the hardest-hit European country from COVID-19 with over 61,000 deaths, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson hopes to turn the tide of the disease by introducing the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine before the US or the European Union.
Mass vaccination will raise hope that the world will turn a corner in the fight against a pandemic that has hit economies and killed more than 1.5 million people, although ultra-cold storage and tricky logistics will limit their uses for now.
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