Australia Begins Vaccinating Athletes Ahead of Summer Games
Tokyo Olympics 2020 – Approximately 2,000 Australian athletes and workers will compete in the Olympics and Paralympics, with officials hoping that the majority, if not all, will be vaccinated at vaccination centers set up around the world. Three-time hree-time hree-time Cate Campbell, an Olympian, expressed relief on Monday as the Australian team started receiving COVID-19 vaccinations in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.
While Australia has been one of the world’s most successful countries in containing the spread of coronavirus , it has fallen far behind the government’s own schedule for inoculations.
With the Olympics due to start on 23 July, Canberra agreed to fast-track access to vaccines for all athletes travelling to Japan, despite accusations of queue-jumping.
The rollout began with swimming star Campbell, who is targeting a fourth Olympics, among the first to step forward.
“We are going into a pretty unknown situation over in Tokyo so to have this little band-aid is a huge weight off everyone’s shoulders,” she told reporters after being inoculated at the Queensland Academy of Sport in Brisbane.
Some 2,000 Australian athletes and staff are heading to the Olympics and Paralympics, with officials anticipating most, if not all, will be vaccinated at hubs set up around the country.
COVID-19 has claimed the lives of just over 10,500 people in Japan, many fewer than in many other nations, but the vaccine is still being rolled out cautiously, as it is in Australia.
Last week, a virus state of emergency in Tokyo and other parts of Japan was extended until the end of May.
But despite concerns about the viability of holding the multi-sport event during a pandemic, Japanese and Olympic officials insist it can go ahead safely.