Is First Woman To Get COVID-19 Vaccine In Critical Condition?

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Is Margaret Keenan, the first woman to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, in critical condition after developing an inflammation of the spinal cord?

Find out what happened, and what the facts really are!


Margaret Keenan : First Woman To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

On 8 December 2020, Margaret Keenan entered the history books as the first person in the world to receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside of clinical trials.

At 6:45 AM, a nurse injected her 90 year-old grandmother’s arm with the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine.

It was such a momentous occasion, her vial and syringe will join the Science Museum Group Collection in South Kensington, London. The Museum is planning to put the vial on display at the “Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries” in early 2021.

Is First Woman To Get COVID-19 Vaccine In Critical Condition?


Is First Woman To Get COVID-19 Vaccine In Critical Condition?

Soon after, people began sharing claims that Margaret Keenan is in critical condition after receiving her COVID-19 vaccination. Here is one example :

💥💥Update- Now the first woman to recieve covid-19 vaccine in the UK is in critical condition. Margaret Keenan 90, was of the first to receive the covid-19 vaccine earlier yesterday, and now it would appear that Margaret appears to have inflammation of the spinal chord, which is causing extreme neurological symptoms, possibly encephalitis💥💥

People also shared a screenshot of an article that appears to confirm that Margaret Keenan was in critical condition after receiving her COVID-19 vaccination.

Note : We added the HOAX overlay to prevent the screenshot from being further abused.

Is First Woman To Get COVID-19 Vaccine In Critical Condition?


Margaret Keenan NOT In Critical Condition After Receiving COVID-19 Vaccine

All those posts about Margaret Keenan being in critical condition after receiving her COVID-19 vaccine are FALSE.

Yes, including the screenshot of that article above… and here are the reasons why.

Fact #1 : There Were No Complications With Her COVID-19 Vaccine

Margaret Keenan stayed in the hospital overnight and headed home on 9 December 2020. She suffered no complications from her COVID-19 vaccine.

In fact, she called the experience a “whirlwind“, saying that she felt “great“, and described the vaccination as “the best early birthday present” as she would be celebrating her 91st birthday on 16 December.

She also urged “everybody to get their vaccine as and when they are asked to do so.

COVENTRY, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 9: Margaret Keenan, 90, the first patient in the United Kingdom to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech covid-19 vaccine, leaves University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire with grandson Conor (L) and daughter Sue (R), the day after receiving the first of two doses of the vaccine, on December 9, 2020 in Coventry, United Kingdom. The UK is the first country in the world to start vaccinating people with the Pfizer/BioNTech jab. (Photo by Jonny Weeks/The Guardian – Pool/Getty Images)

Fact #2 : The Article Is Fake

The screenshot of an article by Sam Weinberg is fake. There is no such article.

There is also no News and Engagement Editor called Sam Weinberg at any known publication.

If it at all exists, it is probably a page from one of the “satire” websites that create such fake stories for page views.

Fact #3 : The Transverse Myelitis Case Was For A Different Vaccine

While some (including the fake article) claimed that Margaret Keenan suffered from an inflammation of the spinal cord, others claimed she suffered from transverse myelitis.

It is likely that these Google University doctors confused the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine with the adenovirus vaccine by Oxford-AstraZeneca. They are two completely different vaccines, using different methods.

In fact, some of them shared links to an article about a UK woman suffering from transverse myelitis – an inflammation of the spinal cord – during the AstraZeneca Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial.

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine – AZD1222 – uses an adenovirus as a vector for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine – BNT162b2 – uses the new, and completely different mRNA technology to create the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

They are completely different vaccines…


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