Japan prepares to vaccinate its Olympians, Paralympians

Japan is gearing up to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to around 2,500 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and support staff, using shots donated for the Games amid public anger over the slow pace of the country’s vaccine rollout, SİA reports quoting Reuters.

With fewer than three months until the Olympics begin, Japan is struggling to contain a surge in coronavirus cases and a majority of the population want them cancelled or postponed for a second time.

Only about 2.6% of the Japanese population has been vaccinated at this point, and reports last month that athletes would be prioritised prompted anger on social media.

But last week, Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE said they would donate doses of their COVID-19 vaccine via the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to help inoculate athletes and their delegations participating in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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