Australian athletes headed to Tokyo Olympics to be given COVID-19 vaccine
Australian athletes and officials heading to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be given priority access to COVID-19 vaccines ahead of the games.
- The decision puts the athletes in phase 1b of Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program
- Japan declared its third COVID-19 state of emergency last week
- The Tokyo Olympics start in late July, with the Paralympics following in late August
The federal government said the vaccine would be given to around 2,050 people nominated by the Australian Olympic Committee and Paralympics Australia.
Late last week, Japan declared its third state of emergency with daily coronavirus infections exceeding 5,000.
About 10,000 people have died from COVID-19 across the country, and more than half a million…