2021-07-15 23:22:49 Wimbledon Standing Ovation For COVID Vaccine Scientist
Wimbledon Standing Ovation For COVID Vaccine Scientist
The announcer told the crowd of spectators on Monday’s opening day of play on Wimbledon’s Centre Court in London that there were some special guests in attendance.
People who played critical roles in the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, ranging from transport workers to National Health Service employees, had been invited to sit in the royal box.
However, the announcer only got halfway through the list before the crowd erupted.
“Today [the special guests] include leaders who have developed the anti-COVID vaccines,” the announcer said as the camera zoomed in on Dame Sarah Gilbert, a professor of vaccinology at the University of Oxford who led the team that developed the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Gilbert received a damehood for her efforts earlier this month when she was named to the Queen’s birthday honors list.
When the Wimbledon crowd realized who was there, they erupted in wild applause that quickly turned into a standing ovation.
Gilbert appeared overwhelmed as the applause lasted more than a minute.
A viral video of the standing ovation moved many people online.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Twitter account, Prince William and Kate Middleton, also retweeted the video and expressed gratitude.
Wimbledon is being held for the first time since 2019. The tournament was canceled last year due to the pandemic.
When seated, audience members are not required to wear masks, but they must present a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination status.