Tony Blair and Chris Whitty will receive knighthoods in the New Year’s Honours in 2022 as medical professionals

Tony Blair and Chris Whitty will receive knighthoods in the New Year’s Honours in 2022 as medical professionals

The doctors leading the UK's anti-coronavirus campaign have been knighted alongside former PM Tony Blair.

The list includes figures from science, athletics, politics, and entertainment.

Awarded for remarkable performance or service, British accolades have a special meaning this year as the nation continues to fight the pandemic together.
Professor Chris Whitty, England's chief medical officer, and Jonathan Van-Tam, his deputy, are among four UK professionals to be knighted for their services.

Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's chief scientific adviser, is now a Knight Commander of the Bath. “I am delighted to see so many great scientists and engineers honoured in this year's prizes, especially those working relentlessly on the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Sir Patrick.
Scientists were recognised for their contributions to public health and research during briefings throughout the year.

The Cabinet Office claimed roughly one in five (19%) honours linked to Covid.

After a year in which over 130 million vaccinations were administered, Dr Jenny Harries, the UK Health Security Agency's CEO, and Dr June Raine, the MHRA's top executive, have both earned damehood.

Being named a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the oldest and most senior British Order of Chivalry, was a "immense honour" for former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Sir Tony said he was “deeply grateful” to the Queen and thanked “all those who worked alongside me in politics, public service and all areas of our society” for their dedication and commitment to our country. Former Labour MP Frank Field, now a crossbench peer, has been awarded a Companion of the Order of the Companions of Honour. In response to the distinction, Lord Field of Birkenhead said, “I am really honoured to get this acknowledgement.” After all I've done, it's a beautiful thought to end the year.”

Lord Field, who is dying, requested peers in October to back moves to change the rules on assisted dying.
Among those honoured include Team GB Olympians and Paralympians who won gold in Tokyo, including cyclists Jason and Laura Kenny, who were knighted and damed respectively.

Jason Kenny became the most decorated British Olympian ever in August when he won his seventh gold medal in the men's keirin final.

Laura Kenny is Britain's most successful female athlete, having won gold at three successive Olympics.
They have 12 gold and 3 silver medals at the Olympics.
And after winning the US Open in September, Emma Raducanu has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

“I am honoured to be nominated for an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen. “To close 2021 with this assignment is quite special for me,” said Raducanu, who was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
In September, she became the first qualifier to win a grand slam singles title in the Open Era, defeating Canada's Leylah Fernandez in straight sets.
Tom Daley, who won gold in the 10m synchro, will receive an OBE, and Matty Lee an MBE.

After winning Olympic gold, Adam Peaty of Strictly Come Dancing and Tom Dean of Team GB will both receive OBEs.
Hannah Cockroft, an OBE after winning two gold medals in wheelchair racing, urged more disabled students to participate in school sports.

Despite coming close to winning the Euro 2020 competition, none of the finalists were included, except for assistant manager Steve Holland.
Daniel Craig received a special diplomatic honour after his final James Bond appearance in No Time To Die. The departed 007 is made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).
Joanna Lumley and Vanessa Redgrave will be named dames, and Barbara Broccoli will be made a CBE. “I am startled, thrilled, and touched beyond words to receive this huge honour,” Lumley stated. It is the sweetest and most lovely present imaginable.”