The United Kingdom has become the World’s first nation to inoculate people with the Oxford/AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine.
According to CNN, this development is outside of trials on Monday, with the country’s health secretary hailing the day as a “real pivotal moment.”
Based on this development, England’s National Health Service (NHS) said, doses of the vaccine, approved by UK regulators on December 30, will initially be delivered at “a small number of hospitals for the first few days for surveillance purposes,” before the bulk of doses arrives at medical practices later in the week,
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine which has to be stored at -70 degrees Celsius – making it easier to deliver outside of hospital settings is easier to transport and to store than the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, as it was approved for use in the UK last month.
So far on trained workers, tens of thousands of current and former NHS workers are being trained as vaccinators to support what the health service has described as “the biggest immunization program in its history.”
Interestingly, 82 year-old Brian William Pinker, was the first person to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday morning.
Pinker after receiving his dose said, “I’m so pleased to be getting the [Covid-19] vaccine today,”
He also stated that he was considered a vulnerable person due to receiving dialysis. This was confirmed from NHS England Twitter account.
Speaking further, he said, “The vaccine means everything to me, to my mind it is the only way to get back to normal life.”