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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo 2020 CEO says Olympics can proceed without COVID vaccine

Organizers 'really want to avoid' holding the Games behind closed doors

The Olympic logo is seen in Odaiba, Tokyo on July 14. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- A coronavirus vaccine is "not necessary" for a successful Olympics to be held in Tokyo next summer, the head of the organizing committee said Friday,

"A vaccine is not a prerequisite for holding the Olympics," Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto told reporters in Tokyo and online, underscoring the organizers' strong desire to put on a "safe and secure" Games despite the virus remaining a threat.

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