By Sarah Keane •
Published: 12 Dec 2020 • 8:38
NEWBORN giraffe named Margaret after the first woman Covid-19 vaccine patient
A London Zoo has honoured the first woman in the UK to receive the coronavirus vaccine outside of a trial by naming an endangered baby giraffe after her.
90-year-old Margaret Keenan received the Pfizer / BioNTech jab on Tuesday, December 8 right around the time baby Margaret was coming into the world.
“The arrival of our precious giraffe calf on the same day, and actually at the same time, as the much-anticipated Covid-19 vaccination was first administered feels like a real moment of hope, and one we are so keen to celebrate and remember,” said Whipsnade Zoo team leader Mark Holden.
“We very much hope that Margaret Keenan will be able to come in and visit her namesake one day soon, so we can introduce them in person,” said Holden.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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