Britain has begun vaccinating its citizens with the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine. On Monday, Brian Pinker, an 82-year-old dialysis patient was given a shot at a hospital a few hundred metres away from where the vaccine was developed.
Brian Pinker, a retired maintenance manager has paid tribute to the scientists by saying that “I am so pleased to be getting the COVID-19 vaccine today and really proud that it is the one that was invented in Oxford.” He added, “The nurses, doctors and staff today have all been brilliant and I can now really look forward to celebrating my 48th wedding anniversary with my wife Shirley later this year.”
Britain has ordered 100 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca shot.
Sam Foster, the Chief Nursing Officer at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation said she is proud at giving the first dose of the Oxford vaccine. She added “It was a real privilege to be able to deliver the first Oxford Vaccine at the Churchill Hospital here in Oxford, just a few hundred metres from where it was developed. We look forward to vaccinating many more patients and health and care staff.”
Andrew Pollard, the head of the Oxford Vaccine Group and chief investigator into the trial of the shot, also received the vaccine.
“This is a really critical moment. We are at the point of being overwhelmed by this disease,” he told BBC TV. “I think it gives us a bit of hope, but I think we’ve got some tough weeks ahead.”