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Doctor Mike Wilkinson, chief medical officer for the Canadian Olympic Committee said that he believes all athletes going to the Tokyo Olympic Games will be vaccinated in advance of the games.
The federal government has offered athletes the vaccine and have said that athletes also will not be moving ahead of the general public in the queue to receive their shots. One-third of Canadians have now received at least the first shot, which is over 12-million people.
Wilkinson told Reuters, “If we look at the process and what the planned timelines are of the vaccines, we are being assured by the Government and by the vaccine taskforce that by the time July rolls around anyone in Canada who wants to get the vaccine will be able to get it.”
Many other countries have either already vaccinated their athletes, coaches, trainers and officials or are in the process of doing so.
According to worldometers.com, up to this writing, there have been 154 million coronavirus cases, 3 million people have died, while 131 million have recovered or 85 per cent. The U.S. has had the most cases at over 330 million, while India appears to be catching up. On a per capita basis, the U.S. has had the second most infections globally with only the Czech Republic leading.