During a recent inquiry into the UK’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made controversial statements about the government’s response to the crisis. According to reports, Sunak suggested that the government should “just let people die” rather than implementing a second national lockdown. This revelation came from a note written by Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser on the Covid-19 pandemic, in his diary on October 25th, 2020. The note detailed a meeting attended by then Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Sunak.
The inquiry is investigating the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in over 220,000 deaths. Despite this information coming to light, Sunak’s spokesman stated that he would not be addressing each part individually but would instead present his position when he submits evidence to the inquiry at a later date. Meanwhile, Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s top adviser during the pandemic, reportedly relayed what he heard at the meeting to Vallance.