Charles and Camilla learn about vaccine trials during hospital visit

Tony Jones, PA Court Correspondent
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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have visited a Birmingham hospital to learn about vaccine trials.

Charles and Camilla toured the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to meet volunteers taking part in clinical trials for Covid-19 jabs.

The couple also met healthcare staff receiving their inoculations in their first joint official public event for two months.

The royal couple talk to Health Secretary Matt Hancock
The royal couple talk to Health Secretary Matt Hancock (Molly Darlington/PA)

When the heir to the throne and his wife first arrived at the hospital they were greeted at a distance by the Health Secretary Matt Hancock and all wore face masks.

The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is believed to have treated the largest number of Covid-positive patients of any NHS Trust in the UK – more than 12,500 – with 10,000 of these discharged.

The Trust has also recruited a large number of patients for the trials – 12,000.

It was announced last week Charles and Camilla have received their Covid-19 vaccinations and the news came a month after the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh received their coronavirus jabs.