fredag 19. mars 2021

Will Japan’s Olympics Be Rescued by China’s Vaccine?

On March 11, Japan was caught by surprise by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s sudden decision to provide Chinese-made vaccines to athletes and officials participating in the Tokyo Summer Olympics and next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics.

The Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee could not hide their confusion, particularly after previously announcing that vaccines would not be a prerequisite for the Games. The IOC supported Japan’s decision to forgo vaccinations based on the successful delivery of world championships and World Cups in other countries, but has since backtracked on their initial position of “encouraging” vaccines rather than requiring them.