Vaccination for Olympic athletes ramped up

With the opening of the Tokyo Olympics two months away, vaccination against the coronavirus for international athletes, coaches and other staff is being accelerated.

The International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo organizing committee have expressed all along their commitment to holding safe and secure games.

The IOC is spearheading inoculation of Olympic participants amid uncertainty over when the pandemic will be brought under control worldwide.

Pfizer and other vaccines will be distributed to participants through national Olympic committees around the world for free of charge.

An organization of North and South American Olympic committees are working to secure 6,000 doses of a one-shot vaccine to be administered at US airports.

IOC President Thomas Bach say at least 80 percent of athletes, coaches and other staff who stay in the Olympic Village are expected to get a shot before the games.

A vaccination campaign is also planned in Japan for the national Olympic delegation.

The Japanese Olympic Committee is scheduled to kick off an inoculation campaign in June. Vaccines include those made by Pfizer that will be provided to Japan separately from those for the general public.

Japanese athletes who are competing or likely to be competing in the games and their staff are eligible for a shot. Vaccination is not mandatory for them.