US, Canada start COVID-19 vaccination drive

The United States and Canada have begun the vaccination drive against coronavirus with Pfizer-BioNTech doses. Both the countries have started administering the coronavirus vaccine shots to healthcare workers and elderly citizens.

In the US, Sandra Lindsay, a nurse by profession, became the first person to receive the first coronavirus vaccine.

“I feel like healing is coming,” Lindsay said.

“It didn’t feel any different from taking any other vaccine,” she said, adding that it was a relief to get the shot, after months of helping patients stricken with the disease.

President Trump tweeted, “First Vaccine Administered. Congratulations USA! Congratulations WORLD!”

Vice President Mike Pence in a tweet said, “It’s a great day for America! Our Nation’s first Coronavirus Vaccine was administered this morning! President @realDonaldTrump kept his promise to the American People and delivered a vaccine at WARP SPEED!”

Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration had authorized the Pfizer vaccine for the COVID-19 virus for emergency use in the world’s hardest-hit country.

President Donald Trump immediately released a video on Twitter, saying the US had managed to produce an effective and safe vaccine in just 9 months.

In Canada too, Anita Quidangen, a personal support worker, received the first dose.