The European Union donates 100 million vaccines to Japan to save the Olympics

The European Union donates 100 million vaccines to Japan to save the Olympics

In the Rising Sun, the vaccination campaign is proceeding slowly. The Union donation will allow 40% of the Japanese population to be immunized

(Photo: Charly Triballeau / Getty Images) The European Union has made its first move in vaccination diplomacy by donating 100 million doses of vaccines to Japan, in support of the preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. Since the country decided to proceed with the games program, about 70% of the population, reports the BBC, has taken sides against the government. Many doubts have also been raised internationally, mainly because the vaccination campaign is slow and only 5% of the population, according to Reuters, has received a dose of the vaccine so far.

“We want to support the running of the games Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics - reads the joint declaration issued by the Council of the European Union and Japan - to ensure that they take place in a safe and secure way, as a symbol of world unity towards the defeat of Covid-19 ". European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced the export of over 100 million doses of vaccines to Japan. Thanks to this intervention, the country will be able to vaccinate about 40% of its 126 million inhabitants.

Only last Tuesday, the head of the Japanese doctors union issued a warning to the government, claiming that hosting thousands of athletes and officials during the summer, with the current level of vaccinations, could lead to the emergence of an "Olympic" variant of the coronavirus. However, local and international leaders are keen to move forward with the event. "We are working with the authorities of the country to take all precautionary measures necessary to play the games in complete safety," said the President of the Council of the European Union, Charles Michel, at the end of the summit together with von der Leyen and the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

The Olympics will begin on July 23 and the Paralympics on August 24. Both demonstrations will last approximately 2 weeks. No foreign spectators will be able to watch the sports competitions live, while within the next month the Japanese government will decide whether to open the sports facilities to national spectators.

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