All 30,000 athletes to get Covid vaccines for Tokyo Olympics to go ahead
TOKYO OLYMPICS bosses have agreed to pay to ensure all 30,000 athletes receive their coronavirus vaccine to ensure the Games go ahead this summer.
Host nation Japan are struggling in their current roll-out of Covid jabs.
According to the Japan Times, they are currently on pace to complete their vaccinations in 126 days.
But now the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have teamed up with China to ensure every competitor gets their jab.
The Sun reports that IOC president Thomas Bach confirmed China had offered to supply the vaccines to ensure all 30,000 athletes – for this summer’s Games and next February’s Winter Games – get the jab.
Bach said: “We are grateful for this offer, which is in the true Olympic spirit of solidarity.
“The IOC will pay for these additional doses of vaccines for the Olympic and Paralympic team.
“For each of these doses, the IOC will pay for two doses more which can be made available to the population in the respective countries.”
China has already approved four vaccines, with eight more at the human trial stage, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
On Wednesday, Bach had already reiterated his intention to start the Games as planned on July 23.
Bach said: “At this moment we have no reason to doubt that the opening ceremony will take place on July 23.
“The question is not whether, the question is how these Olympic Games will take place.
“The IOC is working at full speed together with our Japanese partners and friends to make the postponed Olympic Games a safe manifestation of peace, solidarity and resilience of humankind in overcoming the pandemic.
“Our shared top priority was, is and remains a safe and secure Olympic Games for everyone.”
On Thursday, Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto claimed they are yet to make a decision regarding whether foreign spectators will be allowed to attend the summer Games.