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Britain became the first country to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine last week, and the U.K. has ordered 40 million doses, enough to vaccinate 20 million people as it requires two doses. Roughly 800,000 doses arrived last weekend and the government has set up 70 hospital hubs across the country to administer vaccinations on a voluntary basis. Close to 50,000 people are expected to be vaccinated this week.

Margaret Keenan, 90, is the first patient in Britain to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at University Hospital, administered by nurse May Parsons, at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in the British history, in Coventry, Britain.POOL/Reuters

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Margaret Keenan, 90, is applauded by staff as she returns to her ward after becoming the first person in Britain to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at University Hospital, at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in the British history, in Coventry, Britain.POOL/Reuters

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Nurse Naomi Walsh vaccinates Roger Shaw (87) at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in the UK's history at the Royal Free hospital in London, United Kingdom.Jack Hill/Getty Images

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Henry (Jack) Vokes, 98, reacts receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Southmead Hospital, Bristol, England.Graeme Robertson/The Associated Press

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Nurse Katie McIntosh administers an injection of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to Clinical Nurse Manager Fiona Churchill, at the Western General Hospital, in Edinburgh, Scotland.Andrew Milligan/The Associated Press

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The first patient receiving the vaccine at the hospital Josephine Faleye (80) with senior nurse Dilhani Somaweera at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in the UK's history at the Royal Free hospital in London, United Kingdom.Jack Hill/Getty Images

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Paula McMahon prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, as the mass public vaccination program gets underway, at the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland.Jeff J Mitchell/The Associated Press

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauds after nurse Rebecca Cathersides administered the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Lyn Wheeler at Guy's Hospital in London, U.K.Frank Augstein/The Associated Press

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Deputy charge nurse Katie McIntosh waits to administer the first of two Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine jabs to staff at the Western General Hospital, in Edinburgh, on the first day of the largest immunisation programme in the UK's in Edinburgh, Scotland.Pool/Getty Images

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