Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech have agreed to donate vaccines against COVID-19 to athletes and staff at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, which will be held this year after being postponed due to the pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (CON) announced.
“As part of plans to ensure a safe Olympic and Paralympic Games and Tokyo 2020, the International Olympic Committee announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE to donate doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Games participants from National Olympic and Paralympic Committees around the world, ”the IOC said on its website.
“The National Olympic Committees will work with their local governments to coordinate distribution in accordance with each country’s vaccination guidelines and local regulations,” she added.
The IOC noted that it is expected that a significant proportion of participants in the Games will be vaccinated before arriving in Japan “based on feedback from the National Olympic Committees and the National Paralympic Committees”.
The games are scheduled to take place from July 23rd to August 8th, but without foreign spectators due to security measures. / ATSH-AA /