People's COVID Inquiry

How did the government respond?

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The People's COVID Inquiry asks: What strategies did the Government employ to bring the virus under control and were they effective? Did it pay due regard to scientific evidence and public health expertise? Was it influenced by 'lockdown sceptics'. Were there other strategies the Government could have adopted that would have had better outcomes?


​Lobby Akinnola (Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice)

Professor Sir David King (Independent-SAGE)

Dr. Helen Salisbury (GP)

Jan Shortt (National Pensioners Convention)



Michael Mansfield QC (chair), Professor Neena Modi, Dr. Tolullah Oni, Dr. Jacky Davis, Lorna Hackett Barrister (Counsel to the Inquiry)

‘At all stages, we have been guided by the science, and we will do the right thing at the right time’ 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 12 March 2020


‘What I can tell you is that we truly did everything we could, and continue to do everything that we can, to minimise loss of life and to minimise suffering in what has been a very, very difficult stage, and a very, very difficult crisis for our country, and we will continue to do that’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 26 January 2021

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