UK starts giving people the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine

The United Kingdom has begun administering a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, making it the first nation to do so, according to news reports.

U.K. regulators authorized the vaccine for emergency use last week, and starting today (Jan. 4), a select number of hospitals have begun giving the shots, The Associated Press reported. Brian Pinker, an 82-year-old dialysis patient, received the very first dose at 7:30 a.m. at Oxford’s Churchill Hospital.

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