Japan pledges support to vaccinate Tokyo Olympic athletes

Dec 10, 2020 – 02:43 KYODO NEWS

TOKYO – Japan’s government has sent a letter in support of the International Olympic Committee’s effort to arrange for vaccines to athletes participating in next year’s postponed Tokyo Olympics, sources close to matter said Wednesday.

The letter, under the name of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, was sent to the Gavi public-private global vaccine alliance, headquartered in Geneva, in November, before the British government approved its first vaccine.

Japan is supporting the IOC desire to administer vaccines to athletes and officials from developing nations. On Nov. 16 in Tokyo, IOC President Thomas Bach said in regards to next year’s Olympics he wanted as many participants as possible to get vaccinated.

The IOC appears to be working toward creating a framework with other related organizations to supply vaccines.