Japan facing public outcry after considering helping their athletes jump vaccine queue


Japan facing public OUTCRY after they consider pushing their athletes to the front of the queue for Covid-19 jabs BEFORE all elderly and vulnerable people have been vaccinated

  • Japan’s coronavirus vaccine rollout is well behind that of other countries 
  • Only the country’s health-workers have so far been jabbed against the virus 
  • The idea of prioritising athletes has led to an outcry from the general public 
  • Chief cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato attempted to play down the reports 

Japan is facing another public backlash regarding this summer’s Tokyo Olympics after it emerged they were considering pushing their athletes to the front of the vaccine queue.

Local media reported on Thursday that Japanese athletes would start receiving their jabs by the end of June – before all of the elderly and vulnerable had been inoculated.

Japan’s vaccine rollout is well behind that of other countries, with health care workers the only ones to be jabbed so far.

Japan are facing a backlash after considering pushing athletes to the front of vaccine queue

Japan are facing a backlash after considering pushing athletes to the front of vaccine queue

Chief cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato (above) attempted to play down the reports

Chief cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato (above) attempted to play down the reports

The idea of prioritising athletes has led to an outcry from the public, who are already against holding the Games in Tokyo this summer.

Chief cabinet secretary Katsunobu Kato attempted to play down the reports but did admit the Japanese government would be ‘closely watching discussions on athletes’ health issues’.

Vaccination is not mandatory for athletes for the Olympics but the International Olympic Committee want as many to be jabbed as possible.

As things stand, Team GB athletes will only receive their jabs in line with the Government’s rollout.

Team GB athletes will only receive their jabs in line with the Government's vaccine rollout

Team GB athletes will only receive their jabs in line with the Government’s vaccine rollout

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