Experts behind Britain’s world’s best vaccination program are at the center of the Queen’s honor roll for her birthday.
Venture Capitalist Kate Bingham receives honor for leading the UK Vaccines Taskforce and receiving millions of doses of six different vaccinations.
Professor Sarah Gilbert, who led the team behind the groundbreaking Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, is made a lady and her colleague Andrew Pollard, head of the Oxford Vaccine Group, is knighted.
The 262 honored for their work during Covids include dozens of volunteers and frontline workers – almost a quarter of the total. Those who selflessly set up food banks, started charities to help those in need, and made PPE for NHS frontline workers when the pandemic broke out were also recognized.
Experts behind Britain’s world’s best vaccination program are at the center of the Queen’s honor roll for her birthday. Venture capitalist Kate Bingham (above) has been given a Lady of Honor for leading the UK Vaccines Taskforce and receiving millions of doses of six different vaccinations
Professor Sarah Gilbert (above), who led the team behind the groundbreaking Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, is being made a lady
Professor Gilbert’s colleague Andrew Pollard (above), head of the Oxford Vaccine Group, is knighted
The awards were announced as the number of adults in the country who received at least one vaccine, near the 80 percent mark.
Boris Johnson said the awards are a “reminder of all that we can achieve when we come together as a society”.
England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, is out of sight, but his contribution, along with dozens of others, will be considered once he’s no longer at the forefront of the pandemic response.
Other honors include Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, who will both become ladies. Oscar-nominated actor Jonathan Pryce is knighted.
From the world of sports, tennis and A Question of Sport, presenter Sue Barker and former English soccer director Roy Hodgson have been appointed to CBEs. In politics, Brexiteers are among the honored, with former Cabinet Secretary Andrea Leadsom becoming a lady and Oliver Lewis being named to the CBE by Vote Leave.
It’s the most ethnically diverse list of honors to date, with one in seven recipients from ethnic minorities – and women make up a slim majority of recipients. Of the 1,129 people honored, 62 percent were recognized for community service.
Another accolade went to Professor Peter Horby (above), the joint chief investigator in the search for coronavirus treatments
The Prime Minister yesterday paid tribute to those who “have gone above and beyond in their service to this country”.
He added: “During the pandemic, we saw countless examples of everyday heroes.
“From those who use their expertise to develop life-saving vaccines … to the people who have invested the time and energy taking care of their communities.
“We should take courage from the stories of those who are honored today and be inspired by their courage and friendliness.”
Ms. Bingham, who was appointed to the Vaccine Task Force in May 2020, said she was “humble” to be recognized in a year when NHS staff “risked their health and lives in the fight against Covid”.
She said: “The development of vaccines has been a triumph of scientific and industrial collaboration. In the past six months, nearly 70 million doses of vaccine have provided unprecedented protection and saved thousands of lives. ‘ Her colleague Divya Chadha Manek was named OBE after being instrumental in convincing manufacturers to conduct their trials in the UK.
Other honors include Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith (above) and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, who will both become ladies. Oscar-nominated actor Jonathan Pryce is knighted
Professor Gilbert said her honor is in recognition of the large number of people who “worked very hard to develop, manufacture and study this vaccine.”
She added, “It was absolutely phenomenal how the vaccine was introduced.” Professor Pollard, Professor of Pediatric Infections at Oxford University, is knighted for his contribution to public health, particularly during the pandemic.
Another accolade went to Professor Peter Horby, the joint chief investigator in the search for coronavirus treatments.
Professor Paul Elliott, chairman of epidemiology and public health medicine at Imperial College London and director of the huge React program, which tracks the number of cases of Covid-19, has been named CBE.
Professor Keith Willett, NHS England National Director for Emergency Planning and Incident Response, has been knighted, and Nick Elliott, former Director General of the Vaccine Task Force, has been named a Companion of the Order of the Bath.
David Hunt, head of vaccines business at AstraZeneca, is named CBE – one of eight employees at the pharmaceutical giant.