— Published 25 May 2021

IOC to provide vaccines for Japanese people

Tokyo vaccin

With two months to go before the opening of the Tokyo Games, the IOC is stepping up its efforts to ensure the safety of the event. According to a source close to the file quoted by Kyodo News, the Olympic body will provide free doses of vaccine against COVID-19 to about 20,000 people in Japan directly involved with the Games. The IOC’s move could involve Japanese Olympic and Paralympic athletes, but also members of the organization’s management and staff. Staff members who will have access to the vaccines provided by the IOC would be those who will be in close contact with athletes, including some volunteers, interpreters and referees. The Japanese Olympic Committee has made arrangements to start vaccinating athletes, beginning on June 1st, at the National Training Center in Tokyo.