'We're injecting hope'
Updated 1704 GMT (0104 HKT) December 8, 2020
Cardiff, Wales (CNN) -- Dr. Venkat Chandra has spent the past nine months on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, and his parents have been missing him. The crisis has made it impossible for him to travel from the United Kingdom to India, where they live, and he hasn't seen them in more than a year.
On Tuesday morning, he got one step closer to being able to visit them after he was vaccinated against Covid-19.
The 46-year-old accidents and emergency doctor at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, was one of the first people in the world to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine outside of clinical trials.
Chandra and 224 others got the jab inside a Cardiff gymnasium that has been transformed into a makeshift vaccination center on the first day of the mass immunization program across the UK.
"It's still a long way to go, but hopefully everybody comes and gets the vaccine, to get the country moving," he said. It's been tough for him not to be able to visit his parents in Chennai. "In India, the situation has been even worse, so it's been difficult for them."
The rollout of vaccines to Britons, less than a week after the country became the first to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for use, is the culmination of months of research, logistics planning and clinical tests. The pharmacists, nurses, health care workers and volunteers working in the vaccination center have been preparing