A SOUTHAMPTON doctor who led a worldwide vaccine effort has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Jubilee Honours List.

Professor Saul Faust is a consultant paediatrician at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) and director of the NIHR Southampton Clinical Research Facility.

His honour recognises the leading role he has played in the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Daily Echo: University Hospital Southampton.University Hospital Southampton.

During the pandemic Southampton medics led and supported multiple studies that helped determine the safety and effectiveness of vaccines for use in adults and children across the world.

One of the biggest studies looked at the safety, immune responses and side effects of seven vaccines when used as a third booster jab.

The findings played a major role in shaping the UK Covid booster programme and were recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Prof Faust has also been involved in wider studies including a needle-free vaccine for Covid-19 variants.

He said: "I am deeply humbled and grateful to be recognised in the Queen’s Jubilee Honours. Although this award is to me, I couldn’t have done any of my work during the pandemic without the amazing research teams across Southampton, Dorset, Hampshire, South Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight.

"And of course, nothing would have been possible without the public coming forward to take part in the vaccine trials that are still continuing today.”

Daily Echo: Prof Faust has played a leading role in the battle against Covid-19.Prof Faust has played a leading role in the battle against Covid-19.

David French, chief executive officer at University Hospital Southampton, said: “I know I speak for everyone in the UHS family in congratulating Saul Faust on receiving this most richly deserved honour.

“Saul has been a supremely authoritative, clear and calm voice, trusted by the government in helping to unlock the science and play a leading role in the development of a vaccine.

“The research led by Saul and his team here at University Hospital Southampton has helped shape the world’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We are all very proud that his efforts have been recognised in this special way.”

Dr Karen Underwood, director of research & development at UHS, added: “I am delighted that Saul has been recognised with this richly-deserved honour.

"Saul’s knowledge, expertise and commitment has been truly outstanding throughout the Covid-19 pandemic."

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