LONDON (AP) – The British government is still deciding whether to accept Pfizer’s offer for coronavirus’s Olympic fast and paralympic athletes.
The test is only given to Britons over the age of 38, although it will be extended to children over the age of 35 next week, and young people will only be vaccinated if they have an underlying health condition.
“It’s sensitive because the philosophy was based on age, it has been proven to be true,” said Nigel Huddleston, the British Minister for Sport. “Age is the biggest factor, իհարկե of course, Pfizer suggested for the Olympics,: we asked them about it.”
Pfizer, which developed the vaccine with BioNTech, said earlier this month that it would donate doses to athletes և vaccinating officials in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics, which open on July 23.
With less than 10 weeks to go before the Olympics, Britain is pursuing a policy of postponing the second dose for 12 weeks to get more vaccines. Britain announced on Sunday that more than 20 million people had now received the two doses. The two shots of the Pfizer vaccine were scheduled to be given three to four weeks apart.
“The distribution of government vaccines has been excellent, and the IOC has donated the Pfizer vaccine to athletes, which means we hope all athletes will receive the vaccines before they leave for Tokyo,” said Hugh Robertson, President of the British Olympic Association. “It may happen soon to reassure our Tokyo homeowners that we are doing everything we can to keep their people safe.”
European countries include Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, which have already offered vaccines to delegations heading to Tokyo.
Japan fought to slow down the games ahead of Friday to expand the coronavirus from six districts, including Tokyo, on Friday.
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