The Tokyo Olympics opened Friday beneath a cloud of uncertainty because the coronavirus pandemic nonetheless hangs over the complete world with some athletes contracting the sickness even earlier than the Video games received underway.
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) stated about 100 of the 613 U.S. athletes in Tokyo for the Olympics stay unvaccinated. USOPC medical director Dr. Jonathan Finnoff stated 567 athletes have stuffed out their well being histories and a convincing majority replied they had been vaccinated.
“Eighty-three p.c is definitely a considerable quantity and we’re fairly pleased with it,” Finnoff stated.
The Worldwide Olympic Committee estimated that about 85% of residents within the Olympic Village had been vaccinated. The quantity is predicated on the stories from every nation’s Olympic committee however isn’t an independently verified quantity.
Finnoff stated the U.S. wasn’t differentiating its therapy of athletes primarily based on vaccination standing.
“The perfect factor to do is to imagine everybody’s in danger, and scale back threat by introducing COVID mitigation measures that we all know work,” he stated.
Up to now, solely two American athletes are identified to have examined constructive for the coronavirus whereas in Japan – seashore volleyball participant Taylor Crabb and alternate gymnast Kara Eaker.
The coronavirus pandemic pushed the beginning of the Tokyo Video games again a yr. Organizers decided on the final minute that home followers had been to be banned from attending the Video games.
The Related Press contributed to this report.