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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Australia to prioritize COVID vaccines for Tokyo-bound Olympians

AOC head lauds 'added layer of assurance' as Japan fights virus wave

Australian Olympians pose in front of the Sydney Opera House at the unveiling of the team uniforms for the 2020 Tokyo Games on March 31.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Australian athletes heading to the Tokyo Olympics will be prioritized in the country's vaccination program, the government said on Tuesday, as the host city scrambles to stop a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.

The Australian government said that around 2,050 athletes and support staff will be immunized ahead of the games, according to local media reports. The Olympics are scheduled to begin on July 23.

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