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Filipinos are left wondering when the country will start administering its first wave of COVID-19 vaccinations

Pinoy Pride: Filipina nurse gives first COVID-19 vaccine shot to 90-year-old Brit grandma

Good news comes for the world and for Filipinos as the first wave of COVID-19 vaccines have finally been administered—at least in the United Kingdom.

News broke early on Wednesday, December 9 that 90-year-old Margaret Keenan from the United Kingdom was the first person to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

The nurse who took part in this historic moment? None other than May Parsons, a Filipina-British nurse who has been working with UK’s National Health Service (NHS) for 24 years.

Local media immediately took up the story, and even got a statement from British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce.

Parsons’s photo while administering the vaccine to Keenan and others at University Hospitals Coventry has made rounds online, with Filipinos expressing pride that a Filipino has taken part in the world’s battle against COVID-19.

Filipinos also took this chance to fire back at the government for its snail-pace response to COVID-19–specifically how President Rodrigo Duterte only realized the importance of testing after 200+ days in quarantine.

Others looked at how Filipinos in the healthcare industry would do better to go overseas, thanks to how they have been treated in the country—especially during the pandemic.

Senator Cynthia Villar’s name even got dragged into the mess.

Some even went as far as criticizing the government’s vaccination plans—which are not scheduled to start until May or June 2021.

This comes after vaccination czar Carlito Galvez revealed in a Laging Handa briefing that our best case to start vaccinations for COVID-19 is the second quarter or around June 2021.

“Though mayoon po tayong clinical trials this December (2020)… ang mga result po kasi ng regulatory sa FDA baka matapos po ng first quarter (ng 2021).”

The most realistic scenario, according to Galvez, is end of 2021 or early in 2022.

He also expects to be able to administer the vaccine to all Filipinos within a period of 3 to 5 years as he can only foresee administering 20-30 million vaccines per year once the vaccine has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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