A number of high profile individuals are set to give evidence at the UK Covid Inquiry this week, from Humza Yousaf to Nicola Sturgeon's former right hand woman. 

Politicians and experts will be asked about decisions made during the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as questions remain over deleted WhatsApp messages. 

On Monday (January 22), the inquiry heard from Scotland's chief medical officer Gregor Smith who said he was advised by the Scottish Government to delete messages.

Read more: Gregor Smith tells Covid Inquiry Scottish Government advice to delete WhatsApps

Eyes will be on First Minister Humza Yousaf as he faces questions at the inquiry in Edinburgh, while Nicola Sturgeon's former chief of staff Liz Lloyd will also appear at the hearing. 

Also appearing at the UK Covid Inquiry this week will be Professor Jason Leitch, who was a senior health advisor during the pandemic, Professor Devi Sridhar, who advised the Scottish Government on health policy, and Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon, who was First Minister during the Covid pandemic, is also expected to give evidence soon. 

Covid inquiry timetable for Tuesday, January 23 

  • Professor Jason Leitch will be giving advisory evidence from 10am.

  • Professor Devi Sridhar, chair of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, afterwards.

  • Professor Andrew Morris, professor of medicine at the University of Edinburgh, in the afternoon session.

Covid inquiry timetable for Wednesday, January 24

  • Professor Mark Woolhouse, Professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, will give evidence from 10am.

  • Professor Stephen Reicher, professor of psychology at the University of St Andrews, will give evidence afterwards. 

  • Dr Pablo Grez, of the University of Strathclyde, will give evidence in the afternoon session. 

  • Professor Susan McVie, professor of quantitative criminology at the University of Edinburgh, will give evidence in the afternoon. 

Covid inquiry timetable for Thursday, January 25

  • Alister Jack MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, will give evidence from 10am. 

  • Elizabeth Lloyd, former chief of staff to Nicola Sturgeon MSP, will give evidence afterwards. 

  • Humza Yousaf MSP, First Minister of Scotland and former justice secretary, will give evidence on Thursday afternoon.