Medical professionals who helped develop the coronavirus vaccine were given a standing ovation on Centre Court ahead of the first match there at Wimbledon.
Organisers have issued hundreds of free tickets to key workers and other ‘inspirational individuals’ by way of saying thank you for their ‘important work’ during the coronavirus pandemic.
Guests of the Royal Box on Monday included Dame Sarah Gilbert, who co-designed the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, and head of the Oxford Vaccine Group Sir Andrew Pollard.
In heartwarming scenes this afternoon, Dame Sarah appeared overcome with emotion as the crowd stood and applauded her incredible feat.
A British vaccinologist and Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University, the 58-year-old mother of triplets previously led the development and testing of a universal flu vaccine.
Her work on the Covid-19 vaccine earned her a spot on The Times’ ‘Science Power List’ in May 2020 but she remained humble, telling the Independent: ‘I’m trained for it – I’m the mother of triplets. If you get four hours a night with triplets, you’re doing very well. I’ve been through this.’ Among the applauding crowds were the Duke of Kent, Romeo Beckham and former British racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart.