China Looking To Work with IOC On Olympic Athlete Vaccinations

The nation of China has developed several COVID-19 vaccines domestically and has goals to vaccinate 40% of its nearly 1.4 billion population by July, the same month the postponed Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan are set to begin.

This week the Chinese government also said it is ready to work with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to help provide vaccines to athletes competing at the Games. The IOC has not mandated vaccines for Olympic participants, instead leaving those decisions up to local officials.

Any athletes who test positive for the coronavirus upon arrival, though, will be sent home and not be allowed to participate in the Games.

China has substantial pharmaceutical manufacturing capacity and the ability to expand that capacity, so in many regards, the success of a safe and effective Chinese vaccine rollout is viewed as important marketing for the country’s pharmaceutical industry.

China has said it plans to provide 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the global vaccine sharing scheme COVAX. Vaccines from Chinese firms are already being offered in several countries, including Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. (WION)

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVAX is co-led by vaccine alliance Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and WHO. Its aim is to accelerate the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines, and to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country in the world.

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Whoa
8 months ago

COVID-21???

Kory
8 months ago

Ok. Let’s trust China with this.. Great idea. Oh and looks like the WHO is backing this operation too. Now I can sleep at night.

Ger
8 months ago

Has vaccination been mandated for athletes or are they free to choose for themselves?

Admin
Reply to  Ger
8 months ago

At this point the IOC has not mandated vaccination and have pretty clearly said that they won’t.

Breaking Bad News
Reply to  Braden Keith
8 months ago

So, it is possible, that in late July, that the government of Japan is going to allow several people who have chosen not to be vaccinated by then to enter the country?Really?That’ll go down well with the locals;-)

ooo
8 months ago

OT but Covid related, Giorgio Lamberti a former 200 WR holder is reported to be in a serious condition and hospitalized in Brescia

Yup
8 months ago

Yup, lets let the country that the virus started in and hid information about said virus from the world for months lead vaccination efforts for athletes world wide. What could possibly go wrong?

Breaking Bad News
Reply to  Yup
8 months ago

Exactly…what they need to do is start ponying up for trillions in damages.

Yup
Reply to  Breaking Bad News
8 months ago

Not to mention the rectal swabbing they performed on US ambassadors “on accident”

Breaking Bad News
Reply to  Yup
8 months ago
Yup
Reply to  Breaking Bad News
8 months ago

Thanks for the source. I saw it on nbc i think. Either way, anyone who downvoted my last comment obviously hasnt read much news.

Swim&Polo Dad
Reply to  Yup
8 months ago

Some how I missed that on the news. What a crappy policy. . . .

Foo
8 months ago

Most athletics are given their vaccine from their country before attending the Olympic Game , They don’t need your your vaccine . China should provides to spectator before attending the game ,who like to see the games , all guest attending the olympic needs to vaccine first before enter Japan >

WUDI
8 months ago

Even if some COVID vaccines have been developed, it is best not to try to host large-scale international sports events in a short period of time

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