Once again, Japanese officials are scrambling to figure out how to host the Olympics during the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2021 Olympics were scheduled to take place in July 2020 but have been postponed due to COVID-19. That plan is still on track, Wired reports, and the Japanese government will go to extreme lengths to keep the Games safe.
For example, Japan has reserved about 500 million vaccine doses from AstraZeneca and Pfizer to give to athletes, staff and even viewers.
« To protect the people of Japan and out of respect for the people of Japan, the [International Olympic Committee] will go to great lengths to ensure that as many as possible … Olympic participants and visitors arrive vaccinated here, a vaccine is available, » said IOC -President Thomas Bach opposite Wired.
Bach added that athletes do not need to be vaccinated. Additionally, even if regulators approve one or more of the many experimental drugs in the research and development pipeline by then, it may not be possible to distribute as many vaccines in time for the events.
« It is likely that there will be only one vaccination for the Olympic and Paralympic Games worldwide, » Jonathan Finnoff, chief medical officer of the US & Paralympic Committee, told the Wall Street Journal.
With vaccinations, contract tracking and other measures, Japan is doing everything it can to keep the games on schedule. Given all the challenges and risks, the Olympics may have to be postponed further or canceled entirely.
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