Update: Preliminary hearings in September

  • Published: 7 August 2023
  • Topics: Hearings, Modules

Next month will see the Inquiry hold the first preliminary hearing for its investigation into vaccines and therapeutics (Module 4) on Wednesday 13 September.

A second preliminary hearing for the Inquiry’s investigation into the pandemic’s impact on healthcare systems (Module 3) will take place on Wednesday 27 September.

The hearings will take place at the Inquiry’s Hearing Centre, Dorland House, London, W2 6BU (map) and both begin at 10:30am.

At preliminary hearings, the Inquiry Chair makes decisions about how investigations will run. The Inquiry does not hear evidence at these hearings. There will be submissions from the Counsel to the Inquiry and Core Participants to help prepare for the public hearings, where evidence is heard.

The fourth investigation will consider and make recommendations on a range of issues relating to the development of Covid-19 vaccines and the implementation of the vaccine rollout programme in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The third investigation is looking at the impact that the pandemic had on healthcare systems, patients and healthcare workers in the four nations of the UK.

More details are included in the provisional scope for Modules 3 and 4, which are  published on the Inquiry website.

You can watch the preliminary hearings on the Inquiry’s YouTube channel, subject to a three minute delay.

We will publish a transcript of each hearing on the same day it concludes.  A recording of the hearing will be published on the Inquiry’s website at a later date. Alternative formats, including a Welsh language translation, are available on request