Tokyo Olympics-Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine: Amid all the uncertainty surrounding the Tokyo Olympics, the developers of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine are all set to donate doses to athletes heading to the Tokyo Olympics after signing an agreement with the International Olympic Committee.
“As part of the plans to ensure safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE to donate doses of the companies’ COVID-19 vaccine to Games participants from National Olympic and Paralympic Committees around the world. National Olympic Committees (NOCs) will work with their local governments to coordinate local distribution in accordance with each country’s vaccination guidelines and consistent with local regulations,” the official statement read.
Tokyo Olympics: No-fly Zone over Olympics venue
Japan is doing everything it can to conduct the delayed Olympics. The country’s transport ministry on Thursday said that their government would set up a no-fly zone over the Olympic venues from July 21 to September 5 as part of the anti-terrorism measures.
The no-fly zone will be set up two hours before the start of the competition or ceremony and lifted an hour after the organised sports respectively. The zone will cover about a 3 kilometer (1.8 miles) radius from venues during competiitons and extended to a 46 kilometer radius from the National Stadium during ceremonies.
Also, similar measures will be applied to the Olympic events, such as marathons, held outside of Tokyo. Earlier this month, Japanese media reported that starting July 13, ships will be advised to avoid six areas in the Tokyo Port close to coastal territories where the athletes’ village, the beach volleyball competition site, and other Olympics facilities are located.
Tokyo Olympics: Organisers to take final call on fans in June
World Athletics (WA) president Sebastian Coe on Wednesday said that athletes should be prepared to compete at the Tokyo Olympics venues without spectators.
Coe, who was in Sapporo for an Olympic test event, said at an online press conference: “Everybody, the athletes particularly, will hope for spectators. But they recognise if that is not possible, the games will still take place and the competition will still be extremely good. And athletes need to get used to competing in stadiums where there are not any crowds.”
Overseas spectators would not be allowed to enter Japan during the Games and the decision on local spectators, which was originally scheduled to be made at the end of April, will have to be made in June.
“I am guessing the judgment needs to be made at some stage,” he said. “I am sure we will be based on the Covid-19 conditions at the time.