The UK’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has been under scrutiny in an inquiry led by MPs. During a meeting on October 25, 2020, Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak reportedly discussed the government’s response to the crisis. According to Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser on the pandemic, Sunak suggested that the government should “just let people die” instead of implementing a second national lockdown.
This controversial statement was reportedly relayed to Vallance by Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s top adviser during the pandemic. Sunak’s spokesperson confirmed that he will present his position when he submits evidence to the inquiry, rather than addressing each part individually.
The investigation is ongoing and is expected to continue until the summer of 2026. It has already resulted in over 220,000 deaths due to Covid-19 in the UK. The public awaits further revelations from this inquiry into how well the UK government handled one of its most significant crises in recent history.