Tokyo-ALSHARQIYA May 7 : The International Olympic Committee announced, on Thursday, that the participants in the Tokyo Olympics, this summer, will receive doses of vaccines against the emerging corona virus, donated by the US company, "Pfizer".
The Corona pandemic has caused the Tokyo Olympic Games to be repeatedly postponed, since last year.
Olympic and Paralympic committees around the world are supposed to work to coordinate the local distribution of vaccines to "athletes, officials and those involved in the games", according to a memorandum of understanding signed with pharmaceutical companies and announced by the International Olympic Committee.
Despite this, the International Olympic Committee stated that it encourages athletes, coaches and tournament participants to receive vaccinations, but does not oblige them to receive them.
Tokyo is expected to host about 11,000 Olympic athletes and 4,400 disabled athletes from more than 200 countries.
After several postponements, July 23 was set as the date for the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, and August 24 was set for the start of the Paralympics.
Pfizer’s donation came after talks between its manager, Albert Burla, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Tsuga.
Tokyo and three other Japanese provinces have been placed, since Sunday, under the third state of emergency, in the face of the rise in cases of "Covid-19" virus, which requires the holding of sporting events behind closed doors.
The Tokyo Olympics organizers also announced that the participating athletes will undergo daily checks for the Corona virus, while the original plan was to undergo examinations every four days.
The German President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, explained that this reinforcement was revealed at the same time with the new "game manuals", which are manuals containing strict anti-virus measures and which are "a sign of solidarity and respect from the Olympic community towards our Japanese hosts."