What is the UK Covid-19 Inquiry?

The UK Covid-19 Inquiry has been set up to examine the UK’s response to and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and learn lessons for the future. The Inquiry’s work is guided by its Terms of Reference.

Progress of the Inquiry

The Inquiry began on 28 June 2022. It’s investigations are organised into Modules. Throughout each of these Modules, the Inquiry hears evidence from witnesses, experts and Core Participants through a series of corresponding hearings.

Structure of the Inquiry


Core UK Decision-making and Political Governance (Module 2) – Public Hearings

  • Date: 30 November 2023
  • Starts: 10:00am
  • Module: Core UK decision-making and political governance (Module 2)
  • Type: Public

This broadcast is scheduled. You will be able to stream it below or on our YouTube channel (opens in new tab) from 10:00am on 30 November 2023.

The broadcast for this hearing will be available soon.

Every Story Matters

We are inviting you to tell us about your experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Every Story Matters is an online form that asks you to choose from a list of topics and then tell us about what happened. By taking part, you help us to understand the effect of Covid-19, the response of the authorities, and any lessons that can be learned.

Find out more and take part


Updates from the Inquiry

Every Story Matters: Inquiry visits Birmingham to hear people’s pandemic experiences, new contracts awarded

Inquiry Chair Baroness Hallett and Inquiry Secretary Ben Connah were in Birmingham yesterday, hearing and learning from local people about their pandemic experiences. This was the first in a planned series of nationwide Every Story Matters events, where the public are invited to share first-hand how the pandemic affected them. 

  • Date: 26 October 2023

Inquiry Update: Inquiry opens fifth investigation, Procurement across the UK

The Inquiry is aiming to hold preliminary hearings for Module 5 in early 2024. 

  • Date: 24 October 2023

Update: Preliminary hearing for Core UK decision-making and political governance – Scotland (Module 2A) on Thursday 26 October

The Inquiry will be holding a further preliminary hearing for its investigations into ‘Core UK decision-making and political governance – Scotland (Module 2A)’

  • Date: 23 October 2023

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Publications and evidence

Our document library holds all publications and evidence related to investigations and the running of the Inquiry.

Structure of the Inquiry

Information about the topics of investigations (modules) that will be explored to deliver on the aims of the Inquiry.

Terms of Reference

The Inquiry has now received its final Terms of Reference, which set out the topics of the Inquiry’s investigations into the UK’s pandemic response.