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.