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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Israel to vaccinate all athletes for Tokyo Olympics by May

Half have had jabs, amid global debate over giving priority to competitors

Israel plans to vaccinate all its representatives to this year's Tokyo Olympic by May.    © Reuters

Israel intends to have all its athletes due to compete at the Tokyo Olympics vaccinated against COVID-19 by May, its National Olympic Committee said on Wednesday, amid global debate over whether athletes should be given priority.

Global coronavirus cases surpassed 100 million on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, as countries around the world struggle with new virus variants and vaccine shortfalls.

Israel, however, leads the world in terms of per capita vaccinations, having inoculated 29% of its population with at least one dose.

"As part of the Israel vaccination for corona procedure, already 50% of all the Israel Olympic athletes delegation to Tokyo have been vaccinated," a committee spokesperson told Reuters in an email.

"By the end of May 2021, all... will be completely vaccinated against the coronavirus."

Much of Japan is under a state of emergency due to a third wave of COVID-19 infections, but organizers have vowed to press ahead with the Games, which are due to open on July 23 after being postponed for a year because of the pandemic.

(Reuters)

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