Baby giraffe named Margaret in honour of first Covid vaccine patient

The calf was born on the same morning that Margaret Keenan received the Pfizer vaccine.

Baby giraffe named Margaret in honour of first Covid vaccine patient

A giraffe has been given the name Margaret in honour of the first patient in the world to receive a Covid-19 vaccine outside clinical trials.

Staff at Whipsnade Zoo chose the name as the female calf was born on Tuesday – the same day Margaret Keenan, 90, made history by receiving the Pfizer coronavirus jab in Coventry.

Margaret, an endangered reticulated giraffe, was the second calf born to mum Luna.

Margaret Keenan
Margaret Keenan received the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday (Jacob King/PA)

Mr Holden said: “Just as the first vaccine has given people across the UK new hope, our new arrival brings new hope for this endangered species.

Margaret the giraffe
Margaret is an endangered reticulated giraffe (ZSL Whipsnade Zoo/PA)

“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.”

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