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Nations should share vaccines to ensure Olympic safety: IOC member

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IOC member Dick Pound thinks nations would want to share their vaccines with others so as to ensure a safe Olympics. (Source photos by Ken Kobayashi and Reuters)

VIENNA -- Countries participating in the Olympics would want to share their vaccine supplies with those without to ensure that the games can take place safely, the longest-serving member of the International Olympic Committee told Nikkei in a wide-ranging exclusive interview recently.

Vaccines are key to the Olympics taking place and Dick Pound said that it was in every country's "national interest" to minimize risk. "My guess is that most countries will be willing to share in order to provide assistance to countries that do not have sufficient access to the vaccine," he said.

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