First vaccinated in UK, 91-year-old woman receives second dose

First vaccinated in UK, 91-year-old woman receives second dose

91-year-old Briton Margaret Keenan returned to Covinet and Warwickshire University Hospitals today to receive a second and final dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer with Biovict. In a campaign started from last 8, she was the first person to be vaccinated in the country.

UK Health and Welfare Secretary Matt Hancock celebrated the start of the delivery of the second dose, saying it was “fantastic” to see Margaret receiving the vaccine again. “We are going to overcome this epidemic together,” he wrote on a social network.

Margaret received the first dose a week before the age of 91, defining the vaccine as “the best birthday present ever”. At the time, she also said that she felt “very privileged” against which the first person was vaccinated. Coronavirus.

He has been isolated since the onset of the epidemic and, thanks to the vaccine, “can think about spending time with family and friends in the new year,” he said. The grandmother of four grandchildren, Margaret wore a Christmas-themed T-shirt the moment she received her first dose.

The United Kingdom was the first country in Europe to have its population vaccinated. Last Sunday (27) it was the turn of Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and the Czech Republic to start their own campaigns, also using Pfizer / Bioentech Immunizer.

The European Union – of which the United Kingdom is no longer a member – should receive 12.5 million doses of the vaccine by the end of the year, enough to immunize 6.25 million people with every two doses. The companies are struggling to meet global demand and intend to make 1.3 billion doses next year.

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Record case

Experiencing the acceleration of the epidemic responsible for a new version of the virus, the United Kingdom today recorded 53,135 new cases of Kovid-19 – a record, according to government reports – in addition to 414 deaths. With this, there are 2.38 million infected and 71 thousand deaths in the country.

The figures are putting pressure on the British government to make amends, including in relation to returning to schools. More than 24 million people (or 43% of England’s population) are already subject to restrictions, where bars, restaurants and pubs are closed.

(With AFP and Reuters)

Cory Weinberg

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