Commenting on the news that the Scottish Government is to establish a COVID-19 public inquiry before the end of the year, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater MSP said:
“The coronavirus crisis has been the most significant public health emergency for generations. The pandemic has impacted the way we all live our lives, and sadly many thousands have not survived.
“Since the virus landed on these shores last year we’ve witnessed it tear through care homes, endured multiple lockdowns, seen schools closed, watched as scientists raced to develop vaccines and had to get used to a new normal of mask wearing.
“It’s vital that the government’s handling of the pandemic is subject to the most thorough scrutiny, and that’s why this inquiry is so necessary. It’s essential that we establish how the country could have been better prepared, and learn every lesson possible, to ensure we are in a better position to handle future public health crises.”