Controversy surrounding the Tokyo Olympics continues over the coronavirus pandemic. While the population of Japan is doubtful about the celebration of the Olympic event, the organizers of the Games and the government of Japan are confident that Tokyo will host the event this summer after its postponement in 2020.
One of the most talked about topics about the Games is also the use of the coronavirus vaccine, something that in Japan has not yet begun, and in what many trust for the Games to be held despite the reluctance of the organizers, who do not see it essential.
One of the last to speak on this issue has been the American businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates. In an interview with Kyodo News, Gates states that the celebration of the Games depends on the use of vaccines. “In the coming months, we have to see the progress that we have made in the distribution of vaccines. But I think there is still a possibility that there will be Games if things go well. If things don’t go well then it would be unfortunate, but we are doing everything we can to get vaccines approved and reach the whole world. “
Kyodo News also reports that Gates called Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on January 12 to convince him that a successful Olympics would send a message of hope to the world.
In a position similar to Gates, the International Olympic Committee, which recommended that athletes and teams who come to Tokyo get vaccinated before traveling to protect the health of the Japanese and that a safe Olympic Games could be held … which will largely depend on the use of vaccines.