There is a well established and recognised process to recognise courage and significant achievement in the armed forces. The awarding of medals is recognised, valued and respected means of the country through its head of state her majesty the queen, to reward and recognise staff in the armed forces.
For the civilian population the availability of reward and recognition, through medals or other means, is much reduced. The use of honours, OBE, CBE and the like are not perceived as meaningful or trustworthy due to influence of politics and nepotism, and are often associated with high profile achievement, such as sports or media celebrities.
Covid provides an opportunity to reset the relationship the government and head of state has with its civilian population by creating a contemporary means of recognising courage and self sacrifice that is free of political influence and is truly valued and respected.