Jonathan Van-Tam

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Professor Van-Tam in 2017

Sir Jonathan Stafford Nguyen-Van-Tam MBE FRCPath FRSB FMedSci (born 2 February 1964), also known by his nickname JVT is a British healthcare professional and academic specializing in epidemiology, transmission, vaccinology, and antiviral drugs. During the Covid-19 pandemic he was a Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and one a the team briefing the public on the pandemic on behalf of the British Government. He became known through these briefings and particularly for his use of metaphors in the explanations.


  • So this is like… getting to the end of the play-off final, it's gone to penalties, the first player goes up and scores a goal ... You haven't won the cup yet, but what it does is, it tells you that the goalkeeper can be beaten.

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