Video shows the creators of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine getting a standing ovation at Wimbledon

A screenshot from video footage of people standing to clap for the vaccine development team at Oxford University.
A screenshot from video footage of people standing to clap for the vaccine development team at Oxford University. Twitter/BBC/Joe Pike
  • Sarah Gilbert and Andrew Pollard, two scientists behind the AZ vaccine, were at Wimbledon on Monday.
  • An announcer mentioned that they were in attendance.
  • But he was interrupted by the crowd, who immediately clapped, cheered, and gave a standing ovation.
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Tennis fans gave the creators of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine a standing ovation at Wimbledon’s Centre Court on Monday, the first day of the tournament.

Video shows people standing to clap for the team behind the vaccine:

-Joe Pike (@joepike) June 28, 2021

Dame Sarah Gilbert and her colleague Sir Andrew Pollard, both of whom helped develop the vaccine, were there, The Guardian reported, as key workers and other “inspirational individuals” from the pandemic were invited to the match.

The announcer started to list the individuals invited, beginning with the “leaders who have developed the anti-COVID vaccines.”

Gilbert looked moved as the crowd started to clap and cheer.

The announcer then started to list other people, but was cut off as the crowd started to cheer louder and got up to their feet.