UK patient becomes first in the world to receive Pfizer coronavirus vaccine

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The fight against COVID-19 has taken a historic leap forward after the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was given to someone outside a clinical trial for the first time.

Grandmother-of-four Margaret Keenan, 90, has become the first person in the world to receive the jab as part of a vaccination programme.

Mrs Keenan was given the vaccine by nurse May Parsons at the city’s University Hospital at 6.31 am.

She said being the first was “a privilege” and “the best early birthday present I could wish for” as it would mean she could spend time with her family and friends in the New Year “after being on my own for most of the year.”

Mrs Keenan will receive a booster jab in 21 days to ensure she has the best chance of being protected against the virus.

The UK became the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer vaccine last week.

UK patient becomes first in the world to receive Pfizer coronavirus vaccine