First COVID vaccine administered in the UK
UK health authorities began rolling out the first doses of a widely tested and independently reviewed COVID-19 vaccine today, starting a global immunization program that is expected to gain momentum as more serums win approval.
The first recipient was Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week.
The UK is getting a head start on the project after British regulators on December 2nd gave emergency authorization to the vaccine produced by US drug maker Pfizer and Germany’s Biontech.
US and European union authorities are also reviewing the vaccine, alongside rival products developed by US biotechnology company Moderna and a collaboration between Oxford University and drug maker AstraZenaca.
The first shipment of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine was delivered to a selected group of UK hospitals on Sunday.
The vaccine can’t arrive soon enough for the UK which has more than 61,000 COVID-19 related deaths, more than any other country has reported in Europe.