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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