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IOC to vaccinate athletes ahead of a must hold Olympics

IOC plans blanket vaccination of all athletes to save Olympics

 

Olympic chiefs are creating a plan to vaccinate every athlete in an attempt to save the Tokyo games this summer, according to the Telegraph.

The IOC (International Olympic Committee) are set to have a meeting with World Health Organisation-backed scientists to accelerate the process of getting all covid-19 jabs available to athletes.

The main objective of the meetings between the IOC and WHO is to get vaccinations started in nations that have not yet begun a roll-out.

The IOC ,plan to work closely with the WHO’s Covax group, a team of vaccine experts, dedicated to accelerating the distribution to developing nations.

There are no suggestions, according to the report, that athletes are going to get any priority over vulnerable groups as the world continues to fight the pandemic.

However, there could be some ethical debates after sporting bodies such as the Premier League decided against buying vaccines for footballers as the footballing calendar continues to be moved around amid positive cases in the UK.

The Covax scheme, run by the WHO, is due to start their roll-out in February with approximately 1.8billion doses set to be sent out before the end of the year.

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A recent surge in cases has forced Japan to close its borders to non-resident foreigners and declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and other cities, prompting concerns that the summer showcase of sport would once again be untenable.

 

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