The Duke of Edinburgh has released a rare statement, recognising the work of those trying to find a solution to the Covid-19 pandemic and keeping Britain going.
Prince Philip, who turns 99 in June, shared words of thanks and encouragement in a short post released by the palace. He retired from royal duties in 2017, and is currently at Windsor Castle with The Queen, where the couple will likely wait out 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,” Prince Philip’s words read.
“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.”
World Immunisation Week occurs in the last week of April, and seeks to to promote the use of vaccines, which saves millions of lives every year. Immunisations are widely considered to be the most successful and cost-effective health interventions across the globe.
A vaccine against coronavirus is being worked upon, with reports widely varying in suggestions as to when it will be available for public use.