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The decisions were taken on the evidence and the scientific advice at the time, they were taken to protect the NHS.

The understanding of issues such as asymptomatic infection and how that spread the disease, we now know far more about that than we did in 2020 at the start of the pandemic.

I think a question for the inquiry will be what information did the government have on something that was unprecedented? Were the decisions informed by the science at the time and do we now know different things about the pandemic to what we knew in February in 2020?

And, of course, we’ve learned a huge amount. But we did take decisions to move quickly; that is why the vaccine was deployed at pace, that was a success that the report recognises.

We’re going to have an inquiry to look at the lessons to take forward to the future.

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