In America, healthcare workers have been prioritized as the first people to receive the eagerly anticipated (for most) COVID-19 vaccine. But in Britain apparently, they’re doing people with titles first as is their prerogative. Wizards and old folks are next. So it makes sense that Sir Ian McKellen, being a senior titled wizard and all, would be at the front of the line. BBC News shares that 81-year-old Sir Ian said he felt “euphoric” after receiving the Pfizer vaccine at Queen Mary’s University Hospital in London.
Meanwhile in Russia, men with imponderable eyebrows have been prioritized to receive the “Sputnik V” vaccine, and according to Page Six, despite being over the recommended age, Oliver Stone’s eyebrows could not be denied. He received the Russian vaccine while he’s there making a documentary about climate change. Could Eugene Levy be next? We’ll just have to wait and see if Oliver transforms into a bear, a possible side-effect I hear. According to BBC News:
Sir Ian McKellen has become the latest celebrity to be photographed receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.
The 81-year-old star of the X-Men and Lord of the Rings films said he felt “euphoric” to be vaccinated at Queen Mary’s University Hospital in London.
“Anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have had previous vaccinations,” said the veteran actor.
Sir Ian said it was “a very special day” to receive the “painless” and “convenient” vaccination from GP Dr Phil Bennett-Richards.
“I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone,” he continued, saying he felt “very lucky”.
Healthcare workers, the elderly and people living in care homes are among the first to receive the vaccine in the UK.
Sir Ian will have to return for a booster in 21 days before he can go back to licking doorknobs, the lucky bastard! Oh, how I long for the sweet taste of “pull down and push.” As for Oliver, he was equally enthusiastic about revising the Russian vaccine and is “baffled that it’s been met with so much skepticism.” Page Six reports:
Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone got a coronavirus vaccine in Russia — even though he is more than a decade older than the recommended maximum age for that shot — and says he’s baffled that it’s been met with so much skepticism.
The “Platoon” and “JFK” director said he’s now due for a booster shot and called the Russian dose “a very good vaccine” — although, at 74, the rushed-to-market inoculation could be a risky proposition.
Stone also called it “madness” that the U.S. doesn’t trust the Russian vaccine.
“America, somehow in its madness, believes that China and Russia are enemies. I don’t,” he said.
“I see Russia and China as great partners,” he added, “Russia’s been one of the most advanced countries, if not the most advanced country.”
Here’s Oliver talking about letting Sputnik enter his atmosphere.
Page Six adds:
About 320,000 doses of the Russian vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V, have been distributed, according to a report by the Moscow Times.
However, Russian officials are not widely administering it to people over 60 amid concerns that it could be harmful to older people, Newsweek said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t be taking it himself, but he did claim it was 90% effective. Besides, Vlad’s already 90% bear so what would be the point? Personally, if I were in Russia I’d consider it, but only if Steven Seagal goes first. What he lacks in eyebrows, he more than makes up for in spray-on widow’s peak.