The British jab by AstraZeneca and Oxford University has been found to be up to 90% effective in preventing Covid-19.
On a personal call to the scientists, the Duke of Cambridge said: “I’m so thrilled that you’ve cracked it”.
William had visited the Oxford Vaccine Group back in June and met with researchers to learn more about the university’s work to establish a viable vaccine.
On Monday he told those on the call, including Professor Andy Pollard, professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity, Professor Sarah Gilbert, professor of Vaccinology; and Professor Louise Richardson, vice chancellor of Oxford University: “Well done, I’m so pleased for all of you, I really am.
“I saw it in everyone’s faces back in June how much time and effort was going into this, and I could see that there was a lot of pressure on everyone, so I’m so thrilled that you’ve cracked it – so really well done.”
The scientists told William how the vaccine is based on decades of in-depth research and will be transformational in the next six months, offering real global potential for saving lives.