Published: 2020-12-14 17:54
Last Updated: 2021-03-01 17:57
Monday, A New York nurse became the first person in the US to receive a non-trial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Sandra Lindsay, a critical care nurse at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, received the shot live on television, according to AFP.
President Donald Trump took to twitter to congratulate the country, “First vaccine administered. Congratulations USA! Congratulations WORLD!”
The nurse expressed her relief upon being administered the vaccine, saying “I didn’t feel any different from taking any other vaccine (...) I feel great. I feel relieved,” she said, adding that she wishes to instill confidence in the public that the vaccine is safe.
"We're in a pandemic so we all need to do our part," Lindsay added.
Governor Cuomo, who watched online, explained that a long road lies ahead, saying that although “this is the light at the end of the tunnel, (...) it’s a long tunnel."
It's going to take months before the vaccine hits critical mass, he explained, as he reminded people to remain cautious and abide by the state's required health measures.
More than 299,000 US citizens and residents have been killed by the virus, including over 35,000 from New York.