On Monday, former chief scientific advisor Patrick Vallance testified at the UK’s public inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic. During his testimony, he stated that Boris Johnson struggled to understand much of the science during his time as Prime Minister. Vallance noted that he and others encountered repeated difficulties in getting Johnson to comprehend the science, but also mentioned that leaders in many countries faced similar problems in understanding scientific evidence and advice. The inquiry is expected to continue into next year, with Boris Johnson scheduled to address it before Christmas. KION 46 encourages civil and constructive conversation on this topic and welcomes respectful and relevant comments.