Japan is preparing to vaccinate athletes and support staff. They are using vaccines donated for the Olympic games. However, locals are angry because of the slow pace of the vaccine rollout in the country.
There are less than three months until the start of the Olympics. Japan is struggling to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Also, the majority of the population wants to postpone or cancel the event for a second time.
According to online gambling reports, only 2.6 percent of the country’s population have been vaccinated. Also, the news that the government will prioritize athletes led to complaints on social media.
Japan is Preparing to Vaccinate Athletes
Pfizer donated doses of their vaccine to the International Olympic Committee last week. Their goal is to vaccinate athletes and other members of the delegations in both the Paralympic and Olympic Games.
According to volleyball betting sources, officials of the Japan Olympic Committee and Paralympic Committee said they ask athletic federations how many people want to receive vaccines. The officials said they don’t want to inconvenience the general public.
Vaccinations could begin as early as June. However, officials consider several factors that include timing and the list of people who will receive the vaccines. According to baseball betting experts, only doctors and nurses can provide vaccine shots. Thus, it slowed down Japan’s rollout. Last month, the government allowed dentists to give shots.
The IOC, the Japanese government, and the Japanese Olympic organizers promised that the Olympics would take place from July 23 to August 8. However, people are concerned about the high number of coronavirus cases in Japan and abroad.
There were calls for the cancellation of the Olympics this year. Some critics even call it a Superspreader event. Thus, they don’t want to hold the event this year. There were 11,000 deaths due to the pandemic in Japan to date. Also, Tokyo recorded almost a thousand new cases on Tuesday.