William Shakespeare Among The First People To Receive Coronavirus Vaccine In UK


Marlo Safi Culture Reporter
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William Shakespeare, 81, was among the first people to receive the coronavirus vaccine in the U.K. upon its delivery to vulnerable populations, numerous sources reported.

Shakespeare received the vaccine at University Hospital Coventry, 20 miles from his namesake’s birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Reuters reported. His turn to get vaccinated came after 90-year-old Margaret Keenan became the first in the world to receive the Pfizer vaccine, days after U.K. regulators approved it.

The U.K. authorized Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use Dec. 2, becoming the first country to authorize a vaccine backed by promising clinical trial results. The U.K. has 10 priority categories for their vaccine roll-out, with long-term care home staff and residents receiving the first round of supplies, according to the Independent. The majority of vulnerable people are expected to be vaccinated throughout January and February. (RELATED: Trump To Sign Executive Order Prioritizing Americans Over Foreign Nations For COVID-19 Vaccine) 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday that after its review of the Pfizer vaccine, it can confirm its safety and efficacy as well as the vaccine’s ability to begin protecting people after the first dose. The vaccine comes in two doses for full protection, and are given weeks apart. 

The conclusion means that regulators will likely soon authorize the vaccine. A meeting for the decision is scheduled for Dec. 10, and vaccine deliveries following the green-light from the FDA would be enough for 20 million people.