WHO chief planning to visit Japan during Olympics

Jul 20 , 2021. 12 hours ago – 21:43 KYODO NEWS

File photo shows WHO Director General Tedros Ghebreyesus. (Kyodo)

TOKYO – The head of the World Health Organization is planning to visit Japan during the Tokyo Olympics, Japanese government officials said Monday.

If realized, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will discuss anti-COVID-19 measures for the Olympics and Paralympics with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The meeting is expected to take place sometime between Thursday and Saturday, the officials said. The government is also considering arranging talks between Tedros and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Friday when the Olympics start.

The WHO has been advising organizers of the Tokyo Olympics on infection prevention measures.

Tedros last visited Japan in June 2019 to attend the Group of 20 summit held in Osaka.