EXPERT Mr. Jonathan Van Tam appointed QUIT as deputy chief medical officer at the worst possible time for Boris Johnson.
Allies insist his departure was long-planned and unrelated to the political “partisan” storm that is engulfing the Prime Minister.
Mr. Johnson tweeted: “I would like to thank Jonathan Van-Tam for his extraordinary contributions to our country and his invaluable advice during the pandemic. Wishing him all the best. best for the future.”
But the timing couldn’t be worse for the Prime Minister, who is fighting to stay in office after Tory MPs publicly demolished the ranks to demand his resignation.
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Professor Van Tam will leave his secondment at the Department of Health in March and return to his work at the University of Nottingham.
Confirming the news, he said, “My time as a DCMO has been the biggest challenge of my professional career, especially the Covid response.
“We all wish Covid had never happened. Even so, it is the greatest privilege of my professional career to be of service to the people of the UK during this time.”
Sajid Javid hailed him as a “national treasure” and praised his “unique approach to communicating science” to the masses.
Former Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi paid tribute to his “heroic change” during the pandemic.
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The top doctor, affectionately nicknamed JVT by ministers, is a familiar face at Covid briefings and was recently knighted in New Year’s Honors.
His clear explanation of the pandemic situation – often through amusing metaphors about football – has earned him a legion of supporters.
Boston United megafans also continue to work in vaccination centers despite playing an important role.
His departure comes as Omicron infections appear to have passed their peak, with ministers increasingly hopeful of an easing of restrictions in a matter of weeks.
But it would be seen as a blow to Mr Johnson, who lost one of his most respected scientific assistants fighting for his political career.
The Prime Minister yesterday apologized for attending a drunken session in Downing St gardens shortly after the first lockdown.
Offering a “sincere” apology, he told MPs: “I certainly wish things would have turned out differently on the evening of May 20 and I apologize for all the misjudgments that have been made. performed and I take full responsibility.”
He insisted it was a “business event” and that he only stayed for 25 minutes before returning home.
However, he remains in peril as five Tory MPs have publicly broken ranks demanding his resignation, while many others say he is dead.
Best Moments: The wit and wisdom of Jonathan Van Tam
Enjoy some of the best quotes from Britain’s outgoing Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Sir Jonathan Van Tam
On the Covid rules: “Follow the instructions – don’t tear your pants.”
During vaccine testing: “This is like going to the end of a play-off final. It’s the penalty spot, the first player to get ahead and score. You haven’t won the cup but it tells you the goalkeeper can be beaten. “
On vaccine development: “This is like going to the end of a play-off final. It’s the penalty spot, the first player to get ahead and score. You haven’t won the cup but it tells you the goalkeeper can be beaten. “
When approved for Pfizer: “The train has now slowed to a safe speed. It has now stopped in the station. And the doors are open – that’s permission from the MHRA. What we need now is for people to get on that train and go. safely to their destination”. “
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