First Person Gets a Vaccine – level 3

14-12-2020 07:00

90-year-old Margaret Keenan is the first person in the world to receive the coronavirus vaccine officially outside of clinical trials. The second vaccine recipient is 81-year-old William Shakespeare.

Both recipients got vaccinated at the University Hospital in Coventry, UK, with the UK being the first country to give regulatory approval to the Pfizer vaccine. December 8 was dubbed ´V-Day´ by the country´s health secretary, and it was also the same day when the vaccination roll out began across the country. The secretary also said that December 8 was the beginning of the end of the pandemic.

However, the roll out of the vaccine is going to be a difficult task, especially in remote areas. Also, the UK government has to overcome skepticism around the vaccine´s safety despite claims that no corners have been cut in its development.

Difficult words: regulatory approval (registrations or permits that are issued by a government authority), roll out (the introduction of a new product or service), skepticism (feeling unsure), to cut corners (to do something in the easiest, cheapest, or fastest way).

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