The first COVID-19 vaccine recipient has been grandmother Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week. She received the shot at University Hospital Coventry, England. Margaret said she felt “so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against Covid-19.”
Many world leaders have declared their intention to be vaccinated and to encourage everyone to get inoculated including US President-elect Joe Biden. Biden assured American citizens that he will be vaccinating publicly to assuage any concerns about its efficacy and safety.
Bahrain will become the second country to order the Pfizer vaccine after the United Kingdom, and will start public vaccinations in a few days.
Turkey’s president said he would get vaccinated against the coronavirus to set an example for his country’s citizens. “There is no problem for me to get vaccinated,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. “It is necessary to take this step as an example for our citizens.”
Former president Barack Obama said: “I promise you that when it has been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it. I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so people know that I trust this science.”
Former president Bill Clinton said he would “definitely” be willing to get a vaccine, as soon as one is “available to him”, and “he will do it in a public setting if it will help urge all Americans to do the same”.
George W. Bush recently said that “when the time is right, he wants to do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated, and will gladly do so on camera.”
English media outlets have reported that Queen Elizabeth II will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine within weeks, as the biggest immunisation program in U.K. history begins.
The monarch, 94, and her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip are in line to get the jab early in the rollout due to their age and will not receive preferential treatment, several newspapers reported. Most senior royals will “let it be known” they have been given the inoculations “as a powerful counter to the anti-vaccination movement.”
The Thailand National Vaccine Institute Director, Dr Nakorn Premsri,says “We will get the first batch of vaccines by June if everything goes according to schedule. As this won’t cover the total amount of vaccines that we need, we also have agreements with other pharmaceutical companies with strong candidates to cover at least half of our population.”