Vaccine disinformation expert Professor Heidi Larson fears that people will refuse a coronavirus attack due to safety concerns. She suggested that public figures, including the Queen, could be used to help build trust in the vaccine.
The expert in charge of the vaccine trust project said: “If there is anything I have seen and been here [in the UK] for more than a decade, she has gained trust.
“And she’s certainly in this older cohort, so I think that’s really, really smart.
“Here’s the big question – will he get a vaccine?
“It can be difficult.
“I think the Palace will have to decide for itself – do you want to risk a new vaccine against the queen?”
“Or do you want to keep her isolated?”
Prof. Larson He also told The Times: “They will have to weigh these risks.
“So I wouldn’t want to put her in her place – but she’s an important voice.”
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She made two televised addresses to the nation in the midst of the crisis.
The monarch also completed his first video call as part of his royal duties.
On Thursday, the queen withdrew for her first public engagement outside the royal residence since March.
The 94-year-old was joined by her grandson Prince William of the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in Porton Down near Salisbury.
They met with scientists who are vitally supporting the UK’s response to the outbreak.
Commenting on the current situation with the coronavirus, the queen said: “It is doubling again.”
She said it was on the rise and the approach was appreciated, she added: “Well I guess it’s expected?”
But the queen drew criticism from some after she decided not to wear a face mask.
All 48 people who had to come into close contact with the monarch and the Duke of Cambridge were pre-tested for coronavirus by Dstl.
Social distancing was also done during the visit.