Glass vial that held Margaret Keenan’s first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, 7th December 2020

Made:
2020 in Belgium
maker:
Pfizer Incorporated
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Group shot of: E2020.0299

Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine
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Group shot of: E2020.0299
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Empty vial that contained the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine against
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Empty vial that contained the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine against
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Group shot of: E2020.0299
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Empty vial that contained the Pfizer / Biontech vaccine against
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Group shot of: E2020.0299
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Empty glass vial that contained the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine given to Margaret Keenan, the first individual vaccinated in the UK's mass vaccination campaign on 8th December 2020 (Serial PAA156571, LOT EJ0553 Expire 02/2021, Discard time 14.24)

The COVID-19 vaccine created by Pfizer in collaboration with BioNTech was developed, tested and approved in less than a year. It works by introducing into the body a messenger RNA (mRNA) sequence that contains the genetic instructions for the vaccinated person’s own cells to produce the vaccine antigens and generate an immune response – priming the body for a COVID-19 infection. It was the first vaccine using mRNA technology to be approved for human use. Vaccines are widely credited for their role in reducing the spread of the virus, diminishing the severity of illness and lowering incidences of death caused by COVID‑19. The vaccine was approved in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on 2nd December 2020, becoming the first COVID-19 vaccine approved for general use. This vial contained the first dose to be used in the UK’s vaccine programme and was given to Margaret Keenan at the University Hospital in Coventry on 8th December 2020.

Details

Category:
Public Health & Hygiene
Object Number:
2021-433
Materials:
metal, glass, rubber and paper
Measurements:
overall: 50 mm x 30 mm x 30 mm,
type:
glass vial
credit:
NHS England