Prince William congratulates Oxford scientists via Zoom

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The Duke of Cambridge hailed the team's 'amazing achievement' this morning from Kensington Palace and said: 'Well done, I'm so pleased for all of you, I really am.'
Prince William has congratulated Oxford researchers during a Zoom call after their Covid-19 vaccine was found to be up to 90 per cent effective.

The Duke of Cambridge hailed the team's 'amazing achievement' this morning from Kensington Palace and said: 'Well done, I'm so pleased for all of you, I really am.

'I saw it in everyone's faces back in June how much time and effort was going into this, and I could see that there was a lot of pressure on everyone, so I'm so thrilled that you've cracked it - so really well done.'

He was joined on the video session with Professor Andy Pollard, professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity; Professor Sarah Gilbert, professor of Vaccinology; and Professor Louise Richardson (top right), vice chancellor of Oxford University

He was joined on the video session with Professor Andy Pollard, professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity; Professor Sarah Gilbert, professor of Vaccinology; and Professor Louise Richardson, vice chancellor of Oxford University.

They told William how the vaccine is based on decades of in-depth research and will be critical in the next six months.

Kensington Palace tweeted snippets of the call, to which Oxford University replied: 'Thank you so much for your continued support. It's an honour to be able to share Oxford Vaccine Group's outstanding work with you.'

It emerged this month that William caught coronavirus in April but did not reveal his diagnosis publicly, with sources saying he did not want to alarm the nation.

Prince Charles also quarantined with the disease at around the same time after displaying mild symptoms.

The Duke of Cambridge hailed the team's 'amazing achievement' this morning from Kensington Palace and said: 'Well done, I'm so pleased for all of you, I really am'

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