Tokyo Olympics not dependent on Covid-19 vaccine, says IOC senior member | sport

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A senior IOC official downplayed suggestions from the Japanese Medical Association that it would be “difficult” for the Tokyo Olympics to go without a coronavirus vaccine, saying they were just an “opinion” .

John Coates, Head of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Olympic Games and close ally of IOC President Thomas Bach, insisted that the coming Games would not depend on the development of a vaccine over the next 15 months .

“I’ve seen this opinion, but the advice we receive from the World Health Organization says that we have to keep planning for this date and that’s what we do, and it doesn’t depend on a vaccine Said Coates.

“A vaccine would be nice. But we will continue to be guided, as we must be, by WHO and the Japanese health authorities because, in all of this, the health and well-being of athletes and other participants in the Games is number one priority. “

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