Tokyo Olympics begins vaccinating staff – experts recommend not watching spectators during the Games
Tokyo began vaccinating thousands of Summer Olympics volunteers and staff on Friday. Everyone who will have close contact with athletes arriving from around the world should receive vaccination. Olympic Village employees, airport staff, representatives of the Olympic and Paralympic committees, and some of the 70,000 volunteers are eligible for vaccination. The International Olympic Committee has provided a total of 40,000 vaccine doses.
It is still unclear whether the Summer Games will take place in front of an audience. A group of experts on Friday recommended closed games to the government. “No spectators would mean the lowest risk of infection” and would therefore be “ideal”, He announced in a report to the government and the organizing committee. A decision on the matter is expected in the coming week. Foreign spectators are not allowed to attend the Tokyo Olympics anyway.
The Summer Olympics start on 23 July. Organizers and the Japanese government are sticking to the date, although many Japanese are rejecting major sporting events amid the coronavirus pandemic. So far, only six percent of the 125 million people in Japan have been fully vaccinated.
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