On Monday, three-time Olympian Cate Campbell expressed relief as the Australian team began vaccinating the athletes before the Tokyo Olympics 2021. Many countries have assured their athletes of vaccination before the Tokyo Olympic, Australia is the one.
Australia has been a successful country in containing the spread of coronavirus. But their vaccination rollout has been comparatively slow and has fallen far behind the government’s own schedule.
There was a lot of opposition for jumping the queue, but still, the decision of vaccinating the athletes before the Olympics was taken.
The vaccination began on Monday and Cate Campbell was one of the first athletes to step forward. After receiving her shot at Queensland Academy of Sport in Brisbane, she said
“We are going into a pretty unknown situation over in Tokyo so to have this little band-aid is a huge weight off everyone’s shoulders”
Around 2000 athletes and staff members are heading to Tokyo on or before 23rd July 2021. The government is trying to vaccinate most if not all at the vaccination hubs set up all around the country.
France recently vaccinated their Euro 2021 bound players followed by Olympians. New Zealand also started vaccinating their Olympic-bound athletes. So similar news with other countries vaccinating their athletes is expected in the next few days.
Japan has done a good job in containing the spread of viruses when compared to other countries. But just like Australia, the vaccination rollout in Japan is very slow. Just 2% of Japanese have been vaccinated as of today.
The state of emergency was extended across various prefectures of Japan till the May end. At the moment, there is a surge in covid cases in Japan, but authorities are confident in holding ‘safe and secure Olympics’.