It looks like Chris Whitty is going to be knighted in the Queen’s New Year’s list of honour

It looks like Chris Whitty is going to be knighted in the Queen’s New Year’s list of honour

Beginning of epidemic, CMO became trusted face of regular Covid briefings, offering hard hitting figures and guidance to millions.

The scientist and civil servant has been at the forefront of decision-making and public messaging.

But he performed a lot of effort behind the scenes, including commencing the vaccination hunt before Covid-19 reached the UK.
Whitty, 55, is considered as a reserved person who never discusses his personal life.

Even when accosted by two yobs who recorded themselves seizing him in a headlock, the CMO remained calm and measured throughout the ordeal.
Ministers claim he works tremendous hours, often seven days a week, to preserve the country.

In the dark days of lockdown, Chris had to put on a grim front, a top insider told The Sun.

‘Chris has been a calm, unflappable source of insight and expertise. He is well-deserving of it.

Whitty was already made a Companion of the Bath for his work in tropical medicine in the UK and Africa during the ebola epidemic.

The Times says his deputy, Professor Jonathan Van Tam, is also slated for awards.
Prof Whitty is a consultant physician at University College London Hospitals and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

He became CMO in October 2019, six months before the coronavirus infected Britain.

At least eight petitions to parliament requesting for Whitty's knighthood have been denied because MPs cannot make this decision.

Sir Patrick Vallance, 57, the Government's chief scientific adviser, may also be upgraded. He was knighted in 2019 for his open clinical science work.

Emma Raducanu, 19, is due to be awarded an MBE, making her the youngest ever recipient.

The full list will be released next week.