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Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of comments by President Masisi of Botswana on 2 December that (1) the Omicron variant of COVID-19 may have been brought into Botswana by European diplomats, (2) that travel bans on Botswana are “unacceptable, inhumane and demeaning”, and (3) that no one is safe until everyone has access to vaccines.  HL4685 [I]

Question HL4685: tabled on 3 December 2021 and due for answer by 17 December 2021

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of comments by President Masisi of Botswana on 2 December that (1) the Omicron variant of COVID-19 may have been brought into Botswana by European diplomats, (2) that travel bans on Botswana are “unacceptable, inhumane and demeaning”, and (3) that no one is safe until everyone has access to vaccines.
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House in Botswana, owned by Dolce Vita (Proprietary) Botswana Ltd (a company owned jointly with wife and children) from which rental income is received when let
House in Botswana owned jointly with wife; the deeds of the house are held by Dolce Vita (Pty) Botswana Ltd
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