London: One of the first people in the world to get a vaccine against COVID-19 will be an Indian-origin man from the north east of England.
Hari Shukla will be receiving his Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shot at a hospital in Newcastle on Tuesday.
The 87-year-old lives in the metropolitan county of from Tyne and Wear, will be vaccinated alongside his wife Ranjan at the city’s Royal Infirmary today.
He is a father-of-four and grandfather-of-nine has dedicated most of his life in promoting race relations, primarily in his role as director of the Tyne and Wear Racial Equality Council.
Shukla said he feels it is his duty to receive his first of the two-dose vaccine, a moment UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed as a huge step forward as Tuesday was dubbed V-Day or Vaccine Day in the UK, according to news agency PTI.
He said, “I’m so pleased we are hopefully coming towards the end of this pandemic and I am delighted to be doing my bit by having the vaccine, I feel it is my duty to do so and do whatever I can to help.” Also Read – Whoa! Man Slapped with Whopping $3,500 Fine for Breaking Quarantine Regulations for 8 Seconds
He added, “Having been in contact with the NHS (National Health Service), I know how hard they all work and the greatest respect for them they have a heart of gold and I am grateful for everything they have done to keep us safe during the pandemic.”