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Historic: Margaret Keenan (90) is the first patient in the United Kingdom to receive the vaccine

Historic: Margaret Keenan (90) is the first patient in the United Kingdom to receive the vaccine

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Historic: Margaret Keenan (90) is the first patient in the United Kingdom to receive the vaccine

This was the year when touching each other got banned. No handshakes, no hugs, definitely no kisses. Suddenly, we were all walking vectors of disease, potential plague-carriers who must shun contact, if we wanted to survive ourselves, and not kill others.

Back in March, when the whole world was in a state of mad panic, I regularly saw joggers dive on to the road in order to avoid going close to pedestrians, causing passing cars to swerve around them. I witnessed police officers forcing a frail old man, resting alone on a park bench, to get up and move on - presumably in case anyone sat down beside him and breathed on him, or he on them.


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