The Filipino nurse who delivered the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine was among the recent recipients of the George Cross Award by the British government.
The George Cross is the UK’s highest honor for bravery, awarded to actions of “the greatest or most valiant heroism in conditions of extreme danger” while the enemy was not present.
Queen Elizabeth II has awarded the medal to the National Health Service (NHS) for her work over 74 years, including the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine. She was accompanied by her son and heir, Prince Charles, at the medal ceremony on 12 July at Windsor Castle.
Health leaders and frontline workers across the UK represented the NHS at the ceremony, including May Parsons, the Filipino nurse who delivered the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine in December 2020.
Parsons was one of the medalists.
“We are very proud of the vaccination launch,” Parsons reportedly told the Queen.
This is the second time during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II that the award has been given collectively to an organization.