Tokyo, Jun 1 (EFE).- Members of the Japanese Olympic team on Tuesday started to receive the Covid-19 vaccine with the aim of reaching full immunization before the Tokyo 2020 Games and the Paralympics get underway.
According to the Japanese Olympic Committee, some 200 athletes received the vaccine developed by the US pharmaceutical Pfizer, which agreed to donate jabs for the inoculation of the Tokyo 2020 participants, set to begin on 23 July.
JOC secretary general Tsuyoshi Fukui was the first to be vaccinated, to be followed by around 600 athletes and roughly 1,000 Japanese olympic team stakeholders.
The authorities did not reveal the identities of the athletes who received the first jab.
The campaign will not only help to protect the Tokyo 2020 participants but also “reduce the risk of infection in Japanese society,” Fukui said at a press conference.
The preferential Olympic vaccination will be carried out by the sports associations’ medical teams, while the national rollout, which began in February, focuses on health workers and those over 65.
They hope to fully vaccinate all stakeholders by 20 July, a few days before the Olympics’ opening ceremony.
Japan has recently sped up its vaccination rollout by opening mass vaccination centers, with 7.8% of Japan residents having received a first dose and some 2.7% fully inoculated. EFE