Professor Chris Whitty has become a surprise celebrity of sorts throughout the coronavirus crisis. While the Chief Medical Officer went out of public view for some time between coronavirus waves, he has recently made a return to the public eye as Omicron takes hold throughout the UK.
An unwitting public figure, it’s likely Professor Whitty never thought he would become a famous face.
But in March the coronavirus pandemic changed the course of his job, making him a household name across the UK.
His job is one of the most important in the medical field, and his advice to the public over the last two years has been invaluable in helping keep people safe.
Usually flanked by Boris Johnson and the Chief Scientific Officer Sir Patrick Vallance, Professor Whitty updates and explains to the public the latest developments regarding coronavirus in regular press conferences.
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During his time in the DFID he led the UK response to the West African Ebola epidemic.
Professor Whitty held the job until 2015, when he became deputy government chief scientific adviser.
He then held the position of interim head of government science and engineering profession between 2017 and 2018, before becoming CMO in 2019.