UK's Johnson: Firms may ponder future investments in countries imposing vaccine blockades

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FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits BAE Systems facility at Warton Aerodrome near Preston

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday firms might "draw conclusions" about any countries that considered blocking supplies of COVID-19 vaccines.

"I don't think that blockades of either vaccines or of medicines, or of ingredients for vaccines are sensible and I think the long-term damage done by blockades can be very considerable," he told lawmakers.

"I would just gently point out to anybody considering a blockade, or interruption of supply chains, that companies may look at such actions and draw conclusions about whether or not it is sensible to make future investments in countries where arbitrary blockades are imposed."

(Reporting by Michael Holden, editing by Elizabeth Piper)