Posted on 29 June 2021
On Wimbledon's Centre Court, Sarah Gilbert, one of the British scientists behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, received a standing ovation. Before the annual tennis tournament began on Monday, Wimbledon crowds paid tribute to Gilbert. The crowd appreciated the work of organisations that have contributed to Britain's fight against Covid-19, but Gilbert and the National Health Service staff received the biggest applause. Individuals and representatives of organisations that have significantly contributed to the nation's reaction to the pandemic and made the tournament possible have been invited to the exclusive Royal Box at the Centre Court for the next fortnight, according to the event's announcer. According to news agency Reuters, the narrator said, "Today they include leaders who have developed the anti-Covid vaccine, NHS,” as the audience began cheering. As more individuals rose to their feet, the claps became louder. Gilbert could be seen smiling in the Royal Box in a video published by Wimbledon's official account.
"An opening day on Centre Court with a difference... A special moment as we say thank you to those who have played such an important role in the response to COVID-19," Wimbledon said in a tweet.