St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George’s, University of London hosted Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, for a visit this week (Wednesday 22 June).

Mr Javid was joined by the Chief Executive of Moderna, Stéphane Bancel, following an announcement that the government made a £1bn deal with Moderna to build the country’s first manufacturing centre for vaccines.

Jacqueline Totterdell, Group Chief Executive of St George’s, Epsom and St Helier, hosted the visit and introduced Mr Javid and Mr Bancel to Professor Dan Forton, Dr Catherine Cosgrove, and Professor Paul Health within the Clinical Research Facility and Vaccine Institute to explain more about the work that they do including recent and current research trials being carried out.

Matron Tinashe Samakomva also spoke to the Health Secretary, and introduced him to a patient involved in research around booster vaccines.

The visit was a success and Jacqueline Totterdell said that she was “so very proud” to showcase the fantastic team working and clinical excellence carried out at St George’s.