WHO Chief Releases a Statement Regarding Tokyo Olympics 2020 Growing Concerns

Published 07/21/2021, 4:25 PM EDT


The opening ceremony for Tokyo Olympics 2020 is almost here. With just a few days left, WHO Chief talked about the pandemic and the delayed mega-quadrennial games.

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WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the uneven distribution of vaccines is making the situation worse. However, he hopes the Tokyo Olympics will help in creating unity and solidarity to fight the virus.

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Backing the Tokyo Olympics, the WHO Chief said that the spread of the virus is inevitable. The number of cases should not be the primary concern, but how things are handled. The identification of infection, quarantine, and treatment is important.

Tedros appreciated Japan for giving the courage to the world by hosting in the pandemic. While health experts have made predictions about the mega-event being a “super-spreader”.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athlete Arrivals – Narita International Airport, Narita, Japan – July 19, 2021 Ashleigh Barty of Australia wearing a protective face mask arrives at Narita International Airport ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

WHO head further talked about his hopes about the games, igniting the solidarity and determination to fight the pandemic. He also called the Olympic torch symbol of hope.

Improper distribution of vaccines

Attacking the rich nations, he mentioned the inefficient use of vaccines. Only 10 countries in the world have got the  75% of vaccine shots. Whereas, only 1% of people in low-income countries have received a single dose.

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According to Chief virus would have been in control if the vaccine distribution was effective. He stressed the need for vaccination and aim to get 70% population of every country vaccinated by mid-2022.

Construction workers are seen at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games that have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan June 22, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Tokyo Olympics, despite the rise in cases, is going to begin on 23rd. To date, the count of covid cases in relation to the Tokyo Olympics is around 79. Some world top athletes couldn’t even make it to the games after testing positive.

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The IOC and Japan have claimed Tokyo Olympics to be the safest games in history. WHO Chief backing them is a morale booster for the authorities ahead of the games. But, what more hurdles will come up in Tokyo is unpredictable.

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