Sir Jonathan Van-Tam quits his role as England’s deputy chief medical officer
Sir Jonathan Van-Tam is leaving his post as one of the Government’s top scientific advisers, dit is vandag geopenbaar.
England’s deputy chief medical officer, who has become something of a household name, is set to exit his current role at the end of March.
He will then return to the University of Nottingham to focus on academic work.
Announcing his resignation, Sir Jonathan said it had been the ‘greatest privilege of my professional career’ to serve the UK public during the pandemic.
He paid tribute to Professor Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, and other scientists working behind the scenes to keep the virus at bay.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said it had been an ‘honour’ to work with Sir Jonathan, and that he was ‘hugely grateful’ for the ‘vital role’ he had played in the pandemic.
It comes amid revelations over a party held in Downing Street during the first national lockdown. Boris Johnson issued a grovelling apology to the nation for the event yesterday, but insisted he thought it was a ‘work event’.
Jonathan Van-Tam is leaving his post as one of the Government’s top advisers
Sir Jonathan, who is also affectionately known as JVT, gesê: ‘My time as deputy chief medical officer has been the most challenging of my professional career, especially the Covid response.
‘We all wish Covid had never happened. Notwithstanding, it has been the greatest privilege of my professional career to have served the people of the UK during this time.
‘I want to pay tribute to Professor Chris Whitty, the CMO team, my fellow scientists, public health professionals and clinicians whose support, wisdom and energy has been inspiring.
‘There are countless numbers who work behind the scenes — all of whom have an unrelenting commitment to help and support the British public.
‘It has been an honour to work with them all.
‘I will continue to work until the end of March and look forward to the next challenge.’
Gesondheidsekretaris Sajid Javid paid tribute to JVT, saying it has been an ‘honour to work side-by-side’ with him during the pandemic.
Hy het gesê: ‘JVT’s one-of-a-kind approach to communicating science over the past two years has no doubt played a vital role in protecting and reassuring the nation, and made him a national treasure.
‘I pay tribute to his relentless work ethic, sense of public duty and leading role in our incredible vaccination programme — on behalf of the Department of Health I wish him the best of luck on his return to the University of Nottingham.’
Professor Whitty said JVT had been an ‘outstanding’ public servant, and and he was ‘profoundly thankful’ for his support throughout the pandemic.
Hy het bygevoeg: ‘His communication of public health advice and science has been remarkable.’
Sir Jonathan was awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s honours list for his services fighting the pandemic.