Tokyo to vaccinate 18,000 Olympics workers, volunteers

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A health worker administers the Moderna Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine during the first round of vaccinations for firefighters in Tokyo on June 8, 2021. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Around 18,000 Tokyo Olympics workers including referees and volunteers will be vaccinated from next week, organizers said Friday, as they try to build confidence that the Games will be safe.

With just six weeks until the pandemic-postponed Games open, officials are still battling domestic opposition and fear that the event could spread the coronavirus.

Japan’s vaccination program got off to a slow start and, while it is now picking up pace, just over four percent of the population is fully vaccinated, with close to 13 percent having had a first dose.

Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto said she hoped the vaccinations would allow staff to…

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