England’s deputy chief medical officer, Prof Jonathan Van-Tam, is to leave the role and return to an academic post, it has been announced.
Boris Johnson thanked Van-Tam “for his extraordinary contribution to our country and his invaluable advice throughout the pandemic”, while the health secretary, Sajid Javid, said it had been an “honour” to work with the “national treasure”.
Van-Tam has been on secondment to the Department of Health from the University of Nottingham since 2017.
He is to take up a new role as pro-vice-chancellor for the faculty of medicine and health sciences at the university.
Javid tweeted: “It has been an honour to work with JVT and I am hugely grateful for his advice & the vital role he has played in our vaccination programme. I wish him all the best for the future at UniofNottinghamUoNFacultyMHS.”