The novel coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the world. But light remains at the end of the tunnel as multiple vaccines are nearing completion.

Here’s a running list of updates for the coronavirus vaccine, and how it is impacting people across the world.


UK begins nationwide coronavirus immunization rollout.

Dec. 8, 2020 — 10:31 a.m.

The United Kingdom kicked off its nationwide immunization campaign Tuesday morning by offering one “jab” of the vaccine to Margaret Keenan, a grandmother of four, NPR reports.

  • Keenan, 90, was the first person to receive the coronavirus vaccine in the UK.

She is also the first person to receive a fully tested and approved vaccine.

  • “I feel so privileged to be the first person vaccinated against COVID-19,” she said. “It’s the best early birthday present I could wish for because it means I can finally look forward to spending time with my family and friends in the new year after being on my own for most of the year.”

The UK will continue its campaign by distributing the vaccine to frontline health care workers, long-term care facility workers and residents who are older than 80, according to NPR.

  • Shots will be available at hospitals before they’re available in doctor’s offices, according to NPR.
  • Close to 4 million people are expected to receive the vaccine by the end of the month, according to BBC News.

Tuesday has been nicknamed “V-day” because people have begun receiving the vaccine that could help end the pandemic, The Guardian reports.