London – The UK health authorities on Tuesday launched the first doses of the widely independently tested COVID-19 vaccine, launching a global immunisation programme that is expected to expand as more sera are approved. The first shot was fired early in the morning at one of the country’s hospitals where the first phase of the British programme, called V-Day, is being launched.
Public health officials are asking the public to be patient, as early vaccination is given only to those most at risk of being exposed to the new coronavirus. Medical staff will contact people to arrange meetings, and most will have to wait until next year before there is enough vaccine to expand the program.
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Margaret Keenan, aged 90, was the first British patient to receive Pfizer BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine from Nurse May Parsons at Coventry University Hospital in Coventry, England on 8 December 2009. December 2020.
I think there’s a chance we could look back… (Tuesday) as a turning point in the fight against the coronavirus, said Simon Stevens, CEO of the National Health Service in England.
The first beneficiary was Margaret Keenan’s grandmother, who turns 91 next week. She was shot at 6:31 a.m.
at Coventry University Hospital.
Keenan said she had the privilege of being vaccinated against KOVID-19 first.
This is 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 on New Year’s Eve after being alone most of the year, she said.
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The second injection was given to a man named William Shakespeare, 81, from Warwickshire, the county where the bard was born, which probably triggered a well-planned reaction on the internet and in the press.
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On Twitter, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked the country’s health service, vaccine developers, volunteers who helped prove the safety and efficacy of the vaccine in tests, and all those who adhered to the rules to protect others.
Today the first vaccinations against COVID-19 start in Great Britain. Thanks to our NHS, to all the scientists who worked so hard to develop this vaccine, to all the volunteers – and to all those who followed the rules to protect others. We can do it together. https://t.co/poOYG1vHQe.
– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) 8. December 2020.
We can handle this together, Johnson said.
The first 800,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine in the UK will be given to people over the age of 80 in hospital or outpatient clinics, as well as nurses. Others will have to wait their turn, but all vaccinations are provided free of charge by the British National Health Service.
Among the former British who have been vaccinated is Hari Shukla from Newcastle.
When I got the call, I was very excited to participate and get involved, he said. We are very happy and enthusiastic.
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Buckingham Palace refused to comment on reports that Queen Elizabeth II, 94, and her 99-year-old husband, Prince Philippe, would be vaccinated as a public example of their safety.
Our aim is to fully protect every member of the public, Her Majesty of course, but also Dr. June Raine, Director General of the British Medicines Agency, said.
Public health officials in other countries are watching the rollout in the UK as they prepare for the unprecedented task of vaccinating billions of people to end a pandemic that has killed more than 1.5 million people. Although the UK has a well-developed vaccine delivery infrastructure, it tends to focus on population groups such as schoolchildren or pregnant women rather than the general population.
The project started in the United Kingdom after the UK regulators approved the project on 2 October. On 31 December, the German authorities granted an emergency marketing authorisation for the vaccine produced by the American pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer and the German company BioNTech. The vaccine and competing products of the US biotech company Moderna and the cooperation between Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca are being studied by the US and EU authorities.
On Saturday, Russia started vaccinating thousands of doctors, teachers and others in dozens of Moscow centers with the Sputnik V vaccine. This program is viewed differently because Russia licensed the Sputnik V last summer after it was tested on only a few dozen people.
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A nurse preparing to administer a dose of Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine (KOVID-19) in a Moscow clinic, 5. December 2020.
Russia still has no significant data from trials on elderly patients and has only made its vaccine available to Muscovites between the ages of 18 and 60.
The first shipments of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine were delivered on Sunday to a select group of British hospitals.
In one of those facilities, Croydon University Hospital in South London, staff couldn’t resist touching the test tubes, but they were happy to be in the building.
I’m very proud, said Louise Coleman, head pharmacist of the Croydon Healthcare Service at the NHS Trust.
The vaccine cannot be delivered quickly enough in the UK, where more than 61,000 deaths have been reported by COVID-19 – more than in any other European country. There are more than 1.7 million cases in the United Kingdom.
800,000 cans are only a small fraction of what is needed. In the first phase of the vaccination programme, which gives priority to the most vulnerable people, the government reached more than 25 million people, or about 40% of the population.
After the 1980s and the people who work in retirement homes, the programme will be expanded as the supply increases, with the vaccine being offered roughly according to age groups, starting with the oldest people.
In England, the vaccine will be delivered to 50 hospitals in the first wave of the programme and it is expected that more hospitals will be able to offer the vaccine when the programme ends. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are developing their plans within the British system of self-government.
British officials have made it clear that the vaccine will not be compulsory for anyone. Because residents are entitled to vaccinations, they must be informed by a doctor or the National Health Service and asked to make an appointment.
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Logistical problems slow the spread of Pfizer’s vaccine because it had to be stored at minus 94 degrees Celsius.
The vaccination programme will be a marathon, not a sprint, said Professor Stephen Powys, NHS Medical Director in England.
The authorities have also targeted large distribution points, as each vaccine package contains 975 doses and they do not want to waste any vaccine.
The United Kingdom has agreed to purchase millions of cans from seven different manufacturers. Governments around the world enter into agreements with many developers to ensure that they block the supply of products that will eventually be approved for widespread use.