TAGSFlorida Hospital – Apopka Previous articleA new year’s tale of intimacy, children, and fish…Next articleThe Apopka news year in review: An act of kindness keeps the Apopka Senior Chair Aerobics moving forward in 2018 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Editor’s Note: This is the 21st in a series of 24 articles published by The Apopka Voice in 2017 that were among the most noteworthy. We will post all of them from December 26th through December 31st. Then on Monday, January 1st we will poll our readers and let them decide which is Apopka’s biggest story of 2017.Story #21: A changing-of-the-guard took place as the new Florida Hospital Apopka on Ocoee Apopka Road opened its doors, and the longtime hospital on Park Avenue closed.For decades it was dreamed about, planned, and considered.In 2013, land was purchased to make the dream a reality.For almost 50 years, Florida Hospital has been a part of the Apopka communityIn March of 2015, plans and considerations took shape and ground was broken.By December of 2015, 1.9 million pounds of concrete was poured and a base was formed.Slowly but surely the new Florida Hospital Apopka has ascended from the fertile ground of Northwest Orange County and into the hearts, minds, conversations, and imaginations of residents, elected officials, and business owners who see this astounding 450,000-square-foot landmark as a transformative moment in Apopka history.Symbolically it’s at the intersections of old and new Apopka. However, it is more than a symbolic landmark.A new era began today with the opening of the new Florida Hospital Apopka. The changing-of-the-guard ceremony took place this morning at 7 AM with about a dozen ambulances from Florida Hospital and the city of Apopka moving 23 patients from old to new.The 50-year-old Florida Hospital Apopka on Park Avenue is now closed.The new Florida Hospital Apopka is a seven-story, 450,000 square foot wonder.“The transition couldn’t have gone any better,” said Tim Cook, administrator of Florida Hospital Apopka. “It took a lot of planning, and our team did a fantastic job of wrapping up operations and the old hospital and welcoming our patients to our new location, where we will continue our legacy of care while expanding our services for the community.”By the end of the process, the new hospital had already reached a few milestones: It received its first walk-in patients (including its first pediatric patient); the first patient to be transferred from another hospital (Florida Hospital Winter Garden) arrived, and the first procedure (a bronchoscopy) was performed.The new hospital includes 120 private inpatient rooms, expanded surgical services, advanced surgical suites, and a catheterization lab. The seven-story building will also feature a 30,000-square-foot emergency department with pediatric-friendly beds, imaging services, a full-service cafeteria, chapel and gift shop.The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed the new Florida Hospital into the community.In his State of the City Address, Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer called it one of the transformative pillars of Apopka.“First and foremost is the opening of the new Florida Hospital Apopka,” he said. “This $200 million investment in Apopka will revolutionize the perception and reputation of our city. From a healthcare perspective, Apopka is now able to tell people our community provides access to world-class, state-of-the-art medical care. From a visual standpoint, the striking architecture of Florida Hospital Apopka welcomes everyone who approaches our community from the south. It’s the first thing anyone sees that says “Apopka.” That is significant.” Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/316768/12-towers-in-vallecas-nodo17-architects Clipboard Photographs Spain CopySave this picture!© Amparo GarridoRecommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapText description provided by the architects. We propose an ambiguous project, with an urban vocation. In contrast to the great works of the urban planning programs in the suburbs, we go back to the scale and density of the historical center. How many doorways do you see in a ten minute walk in the urban planning program in the Vallecas Extension compared to the number you see in the same period of time in the historical center of Madrid? Perhaps 5 compared to 50. Save this picture!© Amparo GarridoA double block, half way between the closed block in the suburbs and the closed block in the historical city. We are interested in fragmentation and compactness, two terms which are primarily opposed but compatible. A compact project formed by different parts. An unitary closed block which is divided into small towers. Save this picture!© Amparo GarridoA project that is seeking its position as it changes in height, from the fragmentation of the ground floor to the compactness of the first and second floors, dissolving into independent pieces on the upper floors. A dialogue between two systems, the collective and the individual. Between the massive, collective system of the lower floors and the ‘single-family unit’ towers, resting on them.Save this picture!© Amparo GarridoProject gallerySee allShow less’Open Exchange’ Green Square Library and Plaza Competition Entry / MODUArticlesAIA and NIBS Launch Building Research Information KnowledgebaseArticlesProject locationAddress:Avenida del Ensanche de Vallecas, 28031 Madrid, SpainLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/316768/12-towers-in-vallecas-nodo17-architects Clipboard “COPY” 12 Towers In Vallecas / nodo17 ArchitectsSave this projectSave12 Towers In Vallecas / nodo17 ArchitectsSave this picture!© Amparo GarridoSocial Housing•Madrid, Spain CopyAbout this officenodo17 ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureSocial HousingDabasMadridHousing3D ModelingSpainPublished on January 10, 2013Cite: “12 Towers In Vallecas / nodo17 Architects” 10 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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Area: 305 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/794524/house-in-beccar-film-obras-de-arquitectura Clipboard Save this picture!Courtesy of Film Obras de Arquitectura+ 17 Share Argentina Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project House in Beccar / Film Obras de ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveHouse in Beccar / Film Obras de Arquitectura House in Beccar / Film Obras de Arquitectura CopyAbout this officeFILM-OBRAS DE ARQUITECTURAOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationBéccarArgentinaPublished on September 03, 2016Cite: “House in Beccar / Film Obras de Arquitectura” [Casa en Beccar / Film Obras de Arquitectura] 03 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Rochester, N.Y.Anti-war activists and their supporters packed the Shaw Room of the Downtown United Presbyterian Church on Oct. 4 to hear a powerful refutation of the propaganda barrage being conducted by the U.S. and its allies against Syria.This past July, Judith Bello, a longtime peace activist in the upstate New York area and a leading member of the United National Antiwar Coalition, joined a U.S. Peace Council fact-finding peace delegation in Syria. Bello’s delegation met with people from many walks of life: business people, government workers, nongovernmental organization workers and clerics, and high level officials.Bello, the key speaker at the meeting, reported that Syria is a modern country, which provides many benefits to its citizens, regardless of their religion or ethnicity, including free education through college, free health care and food subsidies. However, she said, the country is being systematically destroyed by the U.S. and its allies, among them Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies that directly support mercenary terrorists like the Islamic State group and Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria.Bello’s report focused on illegal U.S. trade sanctions against Syria, which are very much like the embargo placed on Cuba. In both cases, they damage the people’s living conditions. Washington and its NATO allies impose these sanctions as part of their attempt to carry out regime change.Excluded from the international banking system, Syria finds it impossible to trade. Its factories cannot obtain raw materials, and finding food and medical supplies is a challenge.Still, despite the devastation caused by the war, the Syrian government continues to struggle to provide its citizens with free medical care and education as well as food subsidies.An important focus for the Syrian government is a reconciliation agency which tries to rescue Syrians trapped in territory controlled by the terrorists, offering them amnesty, security and economic aid.Bello contrasted the Syrian government’s efforts with those of groups like the so-called White Helmets, which are tools of U.S. policy. Contrary to their claims of being “independent” and “neutral,” the White Helmets cooperate with terrorist groups and have received over $200 million in support from the U.S., Britain, Netherlands and various overseas billionaires.Bello’s talk was followed by a question-and-answer period which was both informative and positive. Basem Ashkar, a local Palestinian, thanked Bello for her trip and report, and reminded everyone that the U.S. and the Zionist state of Israel are directly responsible for the war in Syria.The Oct. 4 meeting was co-sponsored by Workers World Party, the International Action Center, Rochester Peace Action and Education, the Downtown Presbyterian Church Peace Action Team and Upstate Drone Action.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
On May Day in New York City, there will be a demonstration on Wall Street at 2 p.m. in front of the Trump building. However, International Workers’ Day will actually begin earlier that day at 12 noon with a Workers Solidarity Day action to support the laundromat workers at TYS Laundry in East Harlem. For years, these laundromat workers were making less than minimum wage and were never even provided protective gear to help them deal with filthy laundry. Since last June, when their struggle began, the workers have won better wages and safer working conditions, but are continuing to fight for back pay to compensate for years of wage theft. The Laundry Workers Center has assisted these and many other migrant workers who face the most exploitative and oppressive conditions: illegal wage theft, lack of safety, and verbal and sexual abuse. This important solidarity action is part of the launch of the International Workers Solidarity Network. The action will start at 12 noon at 215 East 116th St. Following the rally, participants will take the subway to join the demonstration on Wall Street. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
center column 2 A Bookish Romance The Book Rack’s love affair with books is an oddly beautiful one, sharing the love with others willingly and with gusto By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | 11:58 am Subscribe Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes In the old days, books were a valuable commodity. Today, it’s a resource that’s taken for granted. What with the advent of the Internet and smart phones and other gadgets, traditional books aren’t as powerful as they once were.Despite this slide in popularity, The Book Rack in Arcadia stands firm in its love affair with books, offering bibliophiles a brick and mortar store to purchase, and even rent, books.With younger generations more familiar with app stores and online checkouts, having a physical book store to browse and hang out in with fellow book lovers is a breath of fresh air.Located at 204 S. First Avenue, Arcadia, The Book Rack has been in the area for over 25 years. With its selection of used and new books numbering in the thousands, you can see how it has survived this long. By offering a wide and varied range of books, combined with helpful and friendly staff, finding a book has never been easier.What sets The Book Rack apart from other bookstores though, is that it also does rentals. A bookstore and library in one, so to speak. Book aficionados who don’t have enough budget to buy a book, can still go to The Book Rack and rent out.This Summer, parents looking to introduce their kids to books will have a good reason to visit The Book Rack. From June 14 to August 31, all used children’s books will be half-off the store price.For non-juvenile readers, all new books will be 20%.For more information about The Book Rack, visit http://bookrackarcadia.com or you can call (626) 446-2525 to find out if your favorite author is in stock.You can also email [email protected] to learn more. Top of the News Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
96 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Faith Fuller Seminary Receives $1 Million Grant From Lilly Endowment STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 12:07 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Fuller Seminary has received a $1,000,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish The Online Adaptive Capacity Project.The project is funded through Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative with the aim to strengthen Christian congregations so they can help people deepen their relationships with God, build strong relationships with each other, and contribute to the flourishing of local communities and the world.Lilly Endowment is making nearly $93 million in grants through the initiative. The grants will support organizations as they work directly with congregations and help them gain clarity about their values and missions, explore and understand better the communities in which they serve, and draw upon their theological traditions as they adapt ministries to meet changing needs.Fuller Seminary is building this project upon insights learned from several efforts at the seminary. These include research documented in Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, by Dr. Tod Bolsinger, senior congregational strategist for the De Pree Center’s Church Leadership Initiative at Fuller Seminary; expertise developed through Fuller’s online formational education efforts; and the experience of numerous cohort leadership formation projects from our Leadership Formation Division Centers like Micah Groups, Growing Young Cohorts, The Road Ahead Groups, and Fuller Formation Groups.The Online Adaptive Capacity Project, designed to enhance the thriving of a wide range of congregations, is built on three fundamental convictions: 1) the need for ongoing growth in a leader’s adaptive capacity, 2) strong relationships are necessary for learning to lead change, and 3) the formative power of local contexts.The project will test the theory that online formation and training both privileges and disrupts local contexts and therefore offers an even more formative experience for leadership development than onsite learning. The online learning community will utilize different learning modalities, experienced coaches, and missional experiments to develop the adaptive capacity that leads to holistic, missional engagement and congregational change, and ultimately, greater congregational thriving.“Because of Lilly Endowment’s commitment to deep learning and congregational vitality, we have an opportunity to develop and test a process that could be made accessible and used by congregations around the world that would otherwise never be able to afford or access the kind of learning, coaching, research, and expertise that comes from a graduate institution,” said Tod Bolsinger, principal investigator of the project and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Church Leadership Initiative.Fuller Seminary is one of 92 organizations taking part in the initiative. They represent and serve churches in a broad spectrum of Christian traditions, including Anabaptist, Baptist, Episcopal, evangelical, Lutheran, Methodist, Mennonite, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Reformed, Restoration, Roman Catholic and Orthodox, as well as congregations that describe themselves as nondenominational. Several organizations serve congregations in Black, Hispanic and Asian-American traditions.“In the midst of a rapidly changing world, Christian congregations are grappling with how they can best carry forward their ministries,” said Christopher Coble, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for religion. “These grants will help congregations assess their ministries and draw on practices in their theological traditions to address new challenges and better nurture the spiritual vitality of the people they serve.”Lilly Endowment launched the Thriving Congregations Initiative in 2019 as part of its commitment to support efforts that enhance the vitality of Christian congregations.About Fuller SeminaryFuller Seminary provides professional, graduate-level education through its programs of theology, psychology, and intercultural studies. Through its main campus in Southern California, regional campuses, and online programs, Fuller serves more than 2,500 students from 80 countries and 110 denominations, offering five programs fully in the Korean language and three in Spanish. The seminary’s more than 45,000 living alumni from over 130 countries, the largest alumni base of any seminary, serve throughout the world as ministers, nonprofit organization and corporate leaders, therapists, counselors, teachers, and in many other vocations of service and leadership. For more information: www.Fuller.edu.About Lilly Endowment Inc.Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly & Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis and home state, Indiana. The principal aim of the Endowment’s grantmaking in religion is to deepen and enrich the lives of Christians in the United States, primarily by seeking out and supporting efforts that enhance the vitality of congregations and strengthen their pastoral and lay leadership. Your email address will not be published. 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New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Council seek public opinion on Abbeyfeale traffic plan.Limerick City and County Council has drawn up plans for a new traffic management system in Abbeyfeale and is now looking for the views of the public on the proposals.A public information day will be held in Leens Hotel, The Square, Abbeyfeale on Thursday, January 18 from 12 noon until 8pm. Council officials and staff from the consultants will be on hand to go through the plans take any questions arising from the process.Among the proposals are:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Modified traffic lane widths along the N21 within Abbeyfeale town centre with revised parking layout.New traffic signals at the Main Street/ Church Street and Main Street/ Colbert Terrace junctions with controlled pedestrian crossings.Realignment of the junction at Main Street/ St. Ita’s Road.Upgrade of mini roundabout junction at Colbert Terrace/ Tesco.Development of a pedestrian link between Main Street and Grove Crescent public car park.New coach parking and set downs areasLimerick City and County Council would like to know your opinions.All submissions or observations must be made in writing to The Planning and Environmental Services Department, Limerick City and County Council, Dooradoyle, Limerick V94 WV78 on or before 4pm on Thursday, February 8.More information here TAGSAbbeyfealeChurch StreetColbert TerraceGrove CrescentLimerick City and County CouncilMain StreetPublic consultationSt It’s Roadtraffic plan RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Linkedin Ireland’s First Ever Virtual Bat Walk to take place in Limerick Email Call to extend Patrickswell public sewer line Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead Advertisement WhatsApp €1.5 million boost for five County Limerick towns from Rural Regeneration and Development Fund Previous articleLimerick advocates needed to help young people reach their potentialNext articleThe return of Kevin Barry for Limerick Literary Festival Editor Facebook NewsCouncil seeks public opinion on Abbeyfeale traffic proposalsBy Editor – January 9, 2018 2269 Print
Samara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 67.6 million people and killed over 1.5 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:Dec 08, 7:04 amUK ‘can’t afford to relax now,’ prime minister warnsAs COVID-19 vaccinations were administered to high-risk groups of people across the United Kingdom on Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that the nation “can’t afford to relax now.”“It is important for people to understand that the virus is alas still rising in some parts of the country,” Johnson said while visiting a newly-opened vaccination center in London.When asked whether he would be receiving the shot, Johnson told reporters he is “not in the priority group” outlined by the government but that those who are eligible should get it.“I would just say to all those who are scared, don’t be,” he said. “You see people take the vaccine this morning, in large numbers, people are going to be taking it in the next few days and weeks and there is nothing to be nervous about.”The United Kingdom — made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — has the seventh-highest tally of COVID-19 infections in the world, with more than 1.7 million confirmed cases, including over 61,000 deaths, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University. The European island nation launched a mass immunization program on Tuesday, after authorizing emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.Dec 08, 6:36 amUS reports over 192,000 new casesThere were 192,299 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 35th straight day that the U.S. has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Monday’s tally is less than the country’s all-time high of 227,885 new cases confirmed on Dec. 4, according to Johns Hopkins data.An additional 1,404 deaths from the disease were also registered nationwide on Monday, down from a peak of 2,879 fatalities on Dec. 3, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over Thanksgiving followed by a potentially very large backlog from the holiday.A total of 14,954,331 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 283,746 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Dec 08, 5:52 amRussia extends ban on mass gatherings at schools until 2022Russia has banned schools and extracurricular clubs from holding mass gatherings until Jan. 1, 2022.A ban on mass gatherings at Russian schools was first imposed in June to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and was set to expire on Jan. 1, 2021. But a new decree published Monday and signed by Russia’s chief sanitary doctor, Anna Popova, extends the ban and now also applies to sports organizations and other social infrastructure for children and youth.Universities and colleges are exempt from the ban.Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters said Tuesday it had confirmed 26,097 new cases of COVID-19 as well as 562 deaths from the disease in the past 24 hours. The country’s cumulative total currently stands at 2,515,009 confirmed cases with 44,159 deaths.Despite the growing number of infections and deaths, Russian authorities have repeatedly said they have no plans to impose another nationwide lockdown.The Eastern European country of 145 million people has the fourth-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind only the United States, India and Brazil, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Dec 08, 4:16 am90-year-old grandmother becomes first to receive Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine outside clinical trialA 90-year-old grandmother became Patient A on Tuesday morning as she was the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine outside a clinical trial.Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week, received the shot — the first of 800,000 doses — at University Hospital Coventry in central England at 6:31 a.m., as part of a mass immunization program rolled out across the United Kingdom, according to a press release from the National Health Service (NHS), the country’s publicly-funded health care system.Keenan, a former jewelry shop assistant who only retired four years ago, said she feels “so privileged to be the first person.” She will receive a booster injection — re-exposure to the immunizing antigen after initial vaccination — in 21 days “to ensure she has the best chance of being protected against the virus,” according to the press release.“It’s the best early birthday present I could wish for because it means I can finally look forward to spending time with my family and friends in the New Year after being on my own for most of the year,” Keenan, who has two children and four grandchildren, said in a statement released by the NHS.Last week, the U.K. became the first country in the world to authorize emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. The potentially life-saving vaccine was shown in late-stage clinical trials to be more than 95% effective in preventing COVID-19.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.