Olympic boycott talk shut down

Top News | REUTERS 26 Feb 2021

Britain does not normally favor boycotts of sporting events, Prime Minister Boris Johnson says in response to a question whether London would stay away from the Winter Olympics in China over the treatment of the Uygurs in Xinjiang.

Asked by a lawmaker whether he agreed that Britain should boycott the Games if China did not end the treatment of the Uygurs, Johnson said it is right to highlight the "appalling campaign" against them.

"He raises the point about a sporting boycott. We're not normally in favor of supporting boycotts in this country . . . and that's been the long-standing position of this government," Johnson told parliament.

Vaccine deployment minister Nadhim Zahawi also told lawmakers that Britain is confident in manufacturers' timely supply of vaccines to keep fueling one of the world's fastest rollouts despite a slowdown this week.

Johnson has accelerated Britain's vaccine rollout, aiming to give all adults a first dose by the end of July.

Zahawi said the government talks to manufacturers near-daily and that "we're very confident that we can meet those targets, because we've got enough line of sight of our deliveries."

Johnson has outlined a plan to ease England's lockdown, assuming a successful vaccine rollout.

Britain is rolling out shots developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca.

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