— Published 15 June 2021

20,000 new doses of vaccine for Japanese

Tokyo 2020

The vaccination campaign is intensifying in Japan. Unsurprisingly, future Olympic and Paralympic accredited athletes are not forgotten. According to several sources quoted by Kyodo News, Japan should obtain additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for about 20,000 people who will be working on the Tokyo Games. The new quota, offered free of charge to some volunteers and members of the media, will be in addition to the 20,000 doses already provided to Japan by US company Pfizer Inc. under an agreement with the IOC. Japanese journalists were informed earlier this week that they could be vaccinated before the Games. They will receive their doses at a vaccination centre set up by the Tokyo metropolitan government for Games’ officials and staff. Meanwhile, Japan began vaccinating its Olympic athletes on June 1st. According to the IOC’s latest estimates, more than 80 per cent of athletes, and 70-80 per cent of media and broadcasters, have been vaccinated or will be vaccinated before the start of the Olympic Games.