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Shakespeare, first man to get UK jab, dies

William Shakespeare, who hit the headlines around the world as the first man to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, has died of an unrelated illness.

Nicknamed “Bill,” the then 81-year-old was the second person in the UK to receive a coronavirus vaccine outside a clinical trial.

Pictures of him receiving the injection at Coventry’s University Hospital last December – shortly after 90-year-old Margaret Keenan – made the front pages of numerous newspapers, including a New York Post report with the headline “Taming of the Flu”.

Shakespeare was an inpatient on a frailty ward when he received the vaccination.

He was an activist for the Labour party and a party official confirmed his death on Tuesday.

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