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A UK grandmother has become the first person in the world to be given the Pfizer Covid-19 jab as part of a mass vaccination programme.

Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week, said it was the "best early birthday present".
玛格丽特·基南(Margaret Keenan)下周将满91岁,她说这是“最好的早期生日礼物”。

She was given the injection at 06:31 GMT - the first of 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that will be dispensed in the coming weeks.

Up to four million more are expected by the end of the month.

Hubs in the UK will vaccinate over-80s and some health and care staff - the programme aims to protect the most vulnerable and return life to normal.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who has dubbed Tuesday V-day, said this simple act of vaccination was "a tribute to scientific endeavour and human ingenuity and to the hard work of so many people.
卫生大臣马特·汉考克(Matt Hancock)将周二定为V日,他表示,这一简单的疫苗接种行为“是对科学努力和人类智慧的致敬,也是对这么多人辛勤工作的致敬。”

"Today marks the start of the fightback against our common enemy, the coronavirus," he said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on a visit to a London hospital to see some of the first people getting the jab, said getting vaccinated was "good for you and good for the whole country".
英国首相鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson)在参观伦敦一家医院,看一些首批接种疫苗的人时表示,接种疫苗“对你和整个国家都有好处”。

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "Today we should all allow ourselves a smile - but we must not drop our guard."

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At University Hospital, Coventry, matron May Parsons administered the very first jab to Ms Keenan.

"I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against Covid-19," Ms Keenan, who is originally from Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, said.

"It's the best early birthday present I could wish for because it means I can finally look forward to spending time with my family and friends in the new year after being on my own for most of the year.

"My advice to anyone offered the vaccine is to take it. If I can have it at 90, then you can have it too," she added.

Prof Stephen Powis, national medical director of NHS England, who witnessed the "historic moment", said: "We couldn't hug her but we could clap and everybody did so in the room."

The second person vaccinated in Coventry was William Shakespeare, 81, from Warwickshire, who said he was "pleased" to be given the jab and hospital staff had been "wonderful".

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On a visit to London's Guy's Hospital, Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to 81-year-old Lyn Wheeler, who was the first to receive the vaccine there.
英国首相鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson)在参观伦敦盖伊医院(Guy‘s Hospital)时,与81岁的林恩·惠勒(Lyn Wheeler)进行了交谈,惠勒是第一个在那里接种疫苗的人。

"It is really very moving to hear her say she is doing it for Britain, which is exactly right - she is protecting herself but also helping to protect the entire country," Mr Johnson said.

Earlier, the prime minister thanked the NHS and "all of the scientists who worked so hard to develop this vaccine", the volunteers and "everyone who has been following the rules to protect others".

Labour's shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said it was "absolutely fabulous" to see people getting the vaccine and thanked everyone involved in making it happen.

Some 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have been secured by the government to be administered in the coming weeks - although vaccination is not compulsory.

Orders have been placed for 40 million in total - enough for 20 million people, as two courses are needed.