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Less than a week after the shot was authorized, first Britons receive jabs

Dec 8, 2020

LONDONThe U.K. became the first Western country to start distributing a Covid-19 vaccine to its population, rolling out a mass inoculation program that could provide a template for other countries, including the U.S., of the practicalities and potential pitfalls of vaccinating at speed and scale.
Less than a week after Britain granted emergency-use authorization for the shots developed by Pfizer Inc. and Germanys BioNTech SE , the first people earmarked for the vaccine began to receive it across the U.K. on Tuesday.
Those over 80, nursing-home workers and other high-risk health-care staff were front of the line: a group estimated to number six million. The rollout is being paid for by the U.K.s state-funded National Health Service.
Hari Shukla, 87 years old and one of the first to be inoculated at a hospital in Newcastle, northeastern England, said the two-shot vaccine made him and his wife feel that the crisis was going to come to an end.
When I received the telephone call I was very excited that I got the opportunity of taking part and joining in, Mr. Shukla told the British Broadcasting Corp. on the eve of the rollout.