An 82-year-old man from the United Kingdom, Brian Pinker, has become the first patient to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19.
Pinker, who suffers from kidney disease and has to undergo dialysis treatments is a retired maintenance manager, receiving the jab at 7:30 GMT from nurse Sam Foster at Oxford’s Churchill Hospital, as reported by BBC.
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been administered almost a month after the Pfizer vaccine but it more than half a million doses will be made available on Monday in what UK Health Minister, Matt Hancock is describing as a “pivotal moment” in the UK’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, while the vaccine is distributed and infection rates are curbed, it does not appear that Prime Minster Boris Johnson is planning on lifting lockdown restrictions any time soon.
“It may be that we need to do things in the next few weeks that will be tougher in many parts of the country,” Johnson said in another BBC report. “I’m fully, fully reconciled to that.
“And I bet the people of this country are reconciled to that because, until the vaccine really comes on stream in a massive way, we’re fighting this virus with the same set of tools.”
More than 50,000 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the UK on Sunday, taking the total number of infections up to 2,662,699 in the country, with 75,137 people succumbing to the disease, according to Johns Hopkins University.