Public health expert to give insight into pandemic and vaccines

The University of Bedfordshire is set to welcome the former Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam MBE, to host the next in the series of ‘An Evening With’ public lectures.

On Wednesday 18th May from 5:30pm, the lecture will be running as a hybrid event – meaning the audience can attend in-person at the Luton campus or remotely via a live-stream.

Professor Sir Van-Tam will be delivering a lecture titled ‘Reflections on Leading Through The COVID-19 Pandemic’.

Professor Sir Van-Tam held his position of Deputy Chief Medical Officer between 2017 and 2022, playing a key role in the UK’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular the acquisition and roll out of vaccines.

Before this role put him in the mainstream spotlight, Professor Sir Van-Tam trained as a physician in Nottingham and his career has taken him to many different fields, including Public Health England, the pharmaceutical and vaccine industries, the World Health Organization and roles in academia. 

He was awarded an MBE in the 1998 New Year’s Honours list, and received a Knighthood in the 2022 New Year’s Honours.

Speaking about his public lecture, Professor Sir Van-Tam commented: “The public health and scientific challenges of the last 2.5 years have been unprecedented. I am glad there is now time to begin to reflect on our experiences and build for the future.”

Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice-Chancellor, is the host of the University’s successful ‘An Evening With…’ public lecture series. Ahead of this event, she said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam MBE to the University for what is sure to be an unmissable and fascinating lecture. His role in the UK’s response to the pandemic has been nothing short of inspiring and we’re honoured to host him and his expertise on campus to share his knowledge.”

‘An Evening With…Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam MBE’ is free for the public, students and staff to attend – simply register through Eventbrite and opt to join in-person or via the online livestream.

For more information about other upcoming University events visit: www.beds.ac.uk/events.

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