On Monday, Prince William held a call with researchers at the University of Oxford to congratulate them after their Covid-19 vaccine was found to be up to 90 per cent effective.
He spoke to a team from The University via Zoom to offer a “huge, huge congratulations” on their work. During the call, Prince William said: “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.”
This morning, The Duke spoke to @UniofOxford to congratulate them following an important milestone in the fight against #COVID19. An #OxfordVaccine is shown to be 70.4% effective, and tests on two dose regimens show that it could be 90%. pic.twitter.com/izUpnm97v9— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) November 23, 2020
On the call were Professor Andy Pollard, Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity, Professor Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology, and Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University about the vaccine, created alongside AstraZeneca. The royal learned about the group’s work combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prince William and Kate’s official social media accounts posted photos of the call. Oxford University replied: ‘Thank you so much for your continued support. It’s an honour to be able to share Oxford Vaccine Group’s outstanding work with you.’
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Prince William contracted the virus back in April. However, he kept his diagnosis secret to avoid worrying the nation and causing further public alarm.
The Prince tested positive around the same time his father, Prince Charles did, according to various British media reports.
According to the newspaper, the Prince was treated by palace doctors and followed government guidelines by isolating at Anmer Hall. He did not require hospital treatment.
Fortunately, neither his wife, Kate Middleton, nor their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis contracted the illness.