Tokyo to vaccinate 18,000 Olympics workers, volunteers

President of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic games Seiko Hashimoto

President of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic games Seiko Hashimoto delivers her opening remarks during a Tokyo 2020 executive board meeting in Tokyo on May 26, 2021.


Photo credit: Nicolas Datiche | AFP

What you need to know:

  • With just six weeks until the pandemic-postponed Games open, officials are still battling domestic opposition and fear that the event could spread the coronavirus
  • Japan's vaccination programme got off to a slow start and, while it is now picking up pace, just over four percent of the population is fully vaccinated, with close to 13 percent having had a first dose
  • Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto said she hoped the vaccinations would allow staff to "participate in event operations with peace of mind"

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