The Duke of Edinburgh’s message to everyone who is helping to tackle the pandemic
As we approach World Immunisation Week, I wanted to recognise the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic; by those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from Covid-19.
On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues; the staff and volunteers working on food production and distribution, those keeping postal and delivery services going, and those ensuring the rubbish continues to be collected.
HRH is affiliated to over 750 organisations, including the scientific, technological research, healthcare and infrastructure sectors, which have responded to the outbreak.
- Experts from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are involved in many different aspects of research as well as providing guidance to those responding around the globe every day. HRH has been Patron of The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine since 1952.
- The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management are supporting those working in the waste disposal sector, providing up to date guidance and matching resources and contractors during the outbreak. HRH has been Honorary Fellow since 1969.
- The Royal Society is working to identify the most important factors that can help slow the spread of the virus and find long-term solutions to the pandemic, by convening a multi-disciplinary group to analyse data from around the world. HRH has been a Fellow of The Royal Society since 1951.
- The Royal Academy of Engineering is supporting the UK Government to call on engineers to help the NHS continue to deliver frontline services, and develop new medical facilities. HRH has been Senior Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering since 1976.
- Over 1,200 scientists from Cambridge University have volunteered to support research efforts. HRH was Chancellor from 1976-2011.
- University of Edinburgh researchers have been working to find a treatment for Covid-19, Medical students have graduated early to work on the frontline, and Students and Alumni are manufacturing PPE for the NHS. HRH was Chancellor for nearly 60 years.
- The Chartered College of Teaching is supporting teachers across the country by launching a wellbeing text service, online resources and support for teachers of mixed-aged classes for the children of key workers. HRH has been Patron of The Chartered College of Teaching since 1999.
- The Fishmongers’ Company has launched a grant programme with Seafarers UK to support food charities, fishing and seafood businesses. Their charity partners are also working to help the vulnerable, including delivering free ChefsinSchools meals. The Duke of Edinburgh has been a Freeman and Liveryman of The Fishmongers’ Company since 1947.