Phillip Schofield wants the Queen at front of queue for coronavirus vaccine

Amy Johnson
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Phillip Schofield has called for the Queen to be at the front of the queue for a coronavirus vaccine when one becomes available.

The presenter made the remarks during Thursday's instalment of This Morning during a discussion on the issue of whether the nonagenarian monarch should be one of the first to receive an approved vaccine.

He said: "Quite frankly I'm happy to say I think she should be amongst the front of the queue.

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"She's 94, her husband is 99, what she's done, the service that she's given, what it would do to us as a country if God forbid she was claimed by it. I want her front and foremost.”

Queen Elizabeth II visits the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down science park on October 15, 2020 near Salisbury, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
The Queen visits the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down science park in October. (WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Guest Andrew Neil agreed with Schofield as he added: "She is the head of state, she brings us together."

The conversation came in the same week it was revealed pharmaceutical companies Pfizer/BioNTech had developed a vaccine that is 90% effective in preventing people from contracting COVID-19.

In a press conference earlier this week, Boris Johnson stressed that it was "early days" when it came to the vaccine as there were "several" hurdles to clear before it could be safely rolled-out.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference at 10 Downing Street on November 9, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Tolga Akmen - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prime minister Boris Johnson (WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The UK has ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine, enough for around a third of the population as each person will need two doses for it to work effectively.

In response to the news, Good Morning Britain's Piers Morgan said he would get a vaccine, when approved, live on air.

It came as the presenter hit out at "anti-vaxxers", those opposed to vaccinations.

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