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The new Pfizer offer will provide the IOC with a wider range of games around the world ahead of the game in most countries that have not yet allowed emergency use of the COVID vaccine in China.
Lausanne, Switzerland — Vaccine developers Pfizer and BioNTech will donate doses to inoculate athletes and officials preparing for the Tokyo Olympics, the IOC said Thursday.
Dose delivery is scheduled to begin this month to give the Olympic delegation time to be fully vaccinated on the second shot before arriving in Tokyo for the match that opens on July 23.
This is the second major vaccination contract for the International Olympic Committee. In March, an agreement was announced between the IOC and Chinese Olympic officials to purchase and distribute Chinese vaccines prior to the Tokyo Olympics and next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics.
The new Pfizer offer offers the IOC a wider range around the world ahead of Tokyo, and most countries have not yet allowed emergency use of Chinese vaccines.
“We are calling on the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic athletes and participating delegations to set an example and accept vaccines when possible,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement.
Pfizer’s donation followed a meeting between the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, Albert Bourla, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
“After this conversation, the Government of Japan met with the IOC and the donation plan was realized,” Pfizer said in a statement.
The IOC has stated that vaccination programs must be conducted “in accordance with national immunization guidelines and in accordance with local regulations.”
The IOC’s vaccine agreement with China includes the public release of two vaccines for each dose received by Olympic participants in that country.
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