A public inquiry into the UK government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis heard today that Sunak had said the government should “let people die” rather than impose another national lockdown.
Reuters reports thatpandemicPatrick Vallance, who served as the government’s chief scientific adviser during this period, noted in his diary a meeting between then Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak on October 25, 2020.
The contents of Valance’s diary are all based on what Dominic Cummings, former chief adviser to Johnson & Johnson, told him about what he saw and heard at the meeting.
Vallance quoted Cummings in his diary: “Sunak thinks it’s enough to let people die. It seems like a complete lack of leadership.”
Sunak’s spokesman said the Prime Minister would provide evidence and explain his position to the investigating unit “rather than react on each individual case”.
The probe team is probing how the government responded to the pandemic crisis. The century-old pandemic has severely damaged the British economy and killed more than 220,000 people. Relevant investigations are expected to continue until summer 2026.
Top government officials have repeatedly said that the government was unprepared for the pandemic.
According to the report, the crisis facing Sunak is that, as one of the most senior officials in the government at the time, he worked hard to portray himself as a key figure in “changing the chaotic leadership of Johnson & Johnson”. Worked hard. The investigation may make him unlucky.
Previous evidence has shown that Sunak promoted an “eat out to help out” policy in the summer of 2020, and was criticized by a government scientific adviser as “Dr Death”. The policy, which subsidizes food at bars and restaurants, has been criticized by health experts for helping spread the virus.