Sport news Great Britain is the ONLY major sporting nation where Tokyo 2020 athletes have not been 'fast-tracked' to get their Covid vaccine, with Team GB chiefs hoping the Government will green-light scheme to ensure stars are jabbed before the Olympics
Premierleague-News.com - The BOA hopes a decision will be taken in Whitehall imminently to green-light such a scheme so that all members of Team GB have had enough time to have both doses of the jab.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Great Britain is now the only major sporting nation in the world where the government has not officially endorsed a ‘fast track’ Covid vaccine policy for athletes planning to compete at the Tokyo Olympics.The British Olympic Association hopes a decision will be taken in Whitehall imminently to green-light such a scheme so that all members of Team GB - to be comprised of around 375 athletes - have had enough time to have both doses of the jab.The Games are due to begin on 23 July, which is now less than 10 weeks ago, and time is running out for two doses, which should be given 12 weeks apart although that gap can safely be much smaller. Team GB's Tokyo 2020 athletes have so far not been allowed to fast tracked for their Covid jabs RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'It feels totally surreal... I don't think I'll EVER get my... Roger Federer says Olympic athletes 'need a decision' on... Share this article Share If the government don’t make a decision soon, the BOA are likely instead to take up the offer of Pfizer vaccines that have been made available in a deal struck earlier this month by the pharmaceutical giant and the International Olympic Committee.But time is of the essence, with the BOA keen to arrange the logistics. The urgency is in equal parts about protecting competitors but also, significantly, about demonstrating Team GB want to be ‘good citizens’ and minimise of the risk of any British athlete taking the virus to Japan or spreading it.Sir Hugh Robertson, chairman of the BOA, said: ‘The Government’s vaccine rollout has been excellent and, coupled with the IOC’s donation of the Pfizer vaccine for athletes, means we are hopeful of getting all athletes vaccinated before the they travel to Tokyo.
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.’All the ‘biggest’ sporting nations around the world, from the USA - who topped the medal table at Rio 2016 - to China, Russia, Germany, Australia and elsewhere - have already confirmed priority vaccinations for their Olympians.As of Friday, 36,115,955 people in the UK had had at least one Covid vaccine jab, and 19,319,010 had had two, for a total of 55,434,965 vaccine doses given so far. Against this backdrop, any public outcry at Olympians getting 750 doses between them should be minimal. In fact, given Pfizer’s offer to the IOC, it should be close to zero. What is needed now is clarity so the BOA and the athletes can plan the way forward. Team GB hope Boris Johnson's Government will green-light scheme to get athletes jabbed RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'It feels totally surreal... I don't think I'll EVER get my... Roger Federer says Olympic athletes 'need a decision' on...
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