LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – The world’s first person to receive a fully tested COVID-19 vaccine, 91-year-old Briton Margaret Keenan, urged people to get immunized, one year after her injection.
Keenan described December 8, 2020, when he received the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech, as “the best thing that ever happened.”
“It was wonderful. I can’t believe it now, what happened at the time (…) I’m so glad I was jabbed,” Keenan, known to her friends as Maggie, said in a video released on the occasion of the anniversary.
“I encourage everyone to do it.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has highlighted Britain’s initial success in rolling out vaccination and said that was why he was able to reopen England’s economy in July.
He is now urging officials to expand the country’s ongoing booster dose program to a level similar to the initial rollout, in light of concerns about the new omicron variant, which has also prompted him to resume some measures such as use mask and travel restrictions.
“Vaccines remain our first and best line of defense against the virus,” Johnson said.
The United Kingdom has already administered almost 120 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to its population of 67 million people, either as a first or second dose or as a booster.
(Reporting by Alistair Smout; edited in Spanish by Benjamín Mejías Valencia)