Tokyo Japan asserted that it is not currently seeking to prioritize Covid-19 vaccines for Olympic athletes, dismissing a media report that sparked an outcry on social media as inoculations in the country lag behind other major economies. .
Only one million people have received the first dose of Pfizer’s asset since February, out of a Japanese population of 126 million, and the most vulnerable elderly won’t start getting their vaccinations until next week.
New infections are skyrocketing ahead of the Olympics, which are scheduled to start in July. Tokyo had 545 new cases yesterday and its governor said she would ask the central government to impose emergency measures in the capital region.
A report by the Kyodo news agency, quoting government officials, indicated that Japan has begun looking into the possibility of ensuring that its Olympic and Paralympic athletes are all vaccinated by the end of June.
“Give it to my mother first,” wrote one Twitter user, adding: “The athletes are all young and healthy.”
While the government has said it will go ahead with the summer joust as planned from July 23, a large majority of Japanese want them canceled or postponed again.
The outrage on social media continued despite Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato denying the report, saying the government does not want to prioritize athletes.
Rebound in infections
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced his intention to implement stronger measures in Tokyo to tackle the pandemic, amid a spike in infections and mounting pressure on hospitals.
According to government sources, the actions are expected to take effect from next Monday and remain until May 11 in the 23 central districts of Tokyo and six cities, including Tachikawa, Musashino and Machida.
Suga’s announcement comes a day after new cases of coronavirus in the Japanese capital rose to their highest records in the recent two months, and less than three weeks after the state of emergency was lifted.
Kenya, on the other hand, began vaccinating 75 athletes in the training “bubble” of the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi.
The inoculation program includes 3,500 people, including athletes, coaches and leaders.
The Kenyans finished in 15th place on the medal table in Rio 2016, being the first country in Africa, with a total of 13 medals (six golds, six silver, one bronze).
On the other hand, yesterday in Mexico City the second dose of the Sputnik V vaccine was applied to the first group of Mexican athletes concentrated in the CNAR, who received it on March 18. There were 51 athletes and 44 members of the multidisciplinary team.