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Sir Patrick Vallance has instructed the Covid inquiry that in the course of the pandemic he would make private notes on the finish of every day as a manner of “decompressing” and defending his psychological well being.

Referring to the notes, which he beforehand described as a “brain dump”, Sir Patric stated: “They were some thoughts I’d had that day, and wrote down that day, as I say, in order to be clear the following day that I was going to concentrate on the following day.

“And they had no purpose other than that, and nobody including members of my family or anyone, had seen them or I had any intention of showing them to anybody.

Those diary entries have suggested Mr Johnson was “obsessed with older people accepting their fate”, and have revealed that the then-prime minister as soon as referred to the Treasury – led on the time by Mr Sunak – because the “pro-death squad”.

Following per week’s break, Sir Patrick’s full day of testimony marks the resumption of a spherical of politically explosive hearings involving a forged of former officers embedded deep within the coronary heart of presidency in the course of the pandemic, together with Dominic Cummings, Lee Cain and Helen MacNamara.

The inquiry is ready to listen to from former chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty on Tuesday, adopted by his deputy Professor Jonathan Van-Tam on Wednesday.


Valance: I had no intention of utilizing notes for a ebook

Sir Patrick Vallance has stated he had no intention of utilizing the notes he saved in the course of the Covid pandemic for a ebook or memoir.

He handed over his notes, on the request of the inquiry, regardless of them containing private ideas and reflections.

“I had no intention whatsoever of these ever seeing the light of day”, he stated.

Sir Patrick added that he thought “the world had had enough of books of reflections of the people’s thoughts during Covid”.

He described his diaries as a “brain dump” of his “private thoughts” on the finish of every day.

Matt Mathers20 November 2023 10:47


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After a sluggish begin, the UK Covid-19 Inquiry, also referred to as the Hallett inquiry after its chair, Baroness Heather Hallett, has been producing some sensational content material, as we are saying lately.

The witness statements from, and cross-examination of, Dominic Cummings and Helen MacNamara have grabbed the headlines and broken the reputations of most of the gamers on this “drama” – not least Boris Johnson.

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Andy Gregory20 November 2023 10:01


Diaries prone to be focus of Sir Patrick Vallance’s testimony

Sir Patrick Vallance is prone to be quizzed on diary entries he has submitted to the Covid inquiry detailing his experiences of advising Boris Johnson’s authorities in the course of the pandemic.

Those entries have already offered important insights into the chaos and disagreements inside authorities as political leaders sought to seek out one of the best ways by means of the disaster.

They have additionally provided revelations into how the prime minister and Treasury’s approaches had been at instances seen by Sir Patrick. In one extract, Mr Johnson is claimed to have joked in regards to the Treasury being “the pro-death squad” in the course of the pandemic as a result of it wished to ease lockdown restrictions shortly:

Andy Gregory20 November 2023 09:56


Good morning, we’ll be utilizing this weblog to give you stay updates on the Covid inquiry, as former chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance gears up for a full day of testimony.

Andy Gregory20 November 2023 09:50