Vaccination started at last, and slowly but surely, the COVID-19 pandemic is approaching its end. Although the daily numbers of infections throughout the world are still at terrifying levels, several companies are confident that they’ve developed efficient vaccines for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. One of those companies is Pfizer, an American multinational pharmaceutical corporation that reported about 95% efficiency for their vaccine during the trials.
The UK is easily among the hardest hit European countries by the pandemic, as it reported a total of over 1.7 million infections and more than 62,000 deaths. However, salvation is expected soon.
40 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine ordered by the UK
With 40 million doses, 20 million people living in the UK will get the vaccine. That means a huge number considering that there’s a total of almost 68 million people who live in the country. Each person will have to receive two shots of the vaccine developed by Pfizer, and the authorities already began rolling out the vaccine today, December 8.
Margaret Keenan is the first person to get the vaccine
Margaret Keenan is nineteen years old, and she’s the lucky grandmother from the UK who became the first person in the world to get vaccinated for COVID-19 if we rule out the trials. She said that the injection received was the “best early birthday present”. The woman turns 91 next week.
The UK government said in a statement:
A dedicated team of MHRA scientists and clinicians carried out a rigorous, scientific and detailed review of all the available data, starting in October 2020.
The same source also added:
A ‘rolling review’ can be used to complete the assessment of a promising medicine or vaccine during a public health emergency in the shortest time possible. This is done as the packages of data become available from ongoing studies on a staggered basis.
Front-line health workers, care home workers and elders over the age of 80 will receive the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 first. The vaccine will further be given more widely for the UK population.