On Wednesday, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, organizers of the Tokyo Olympics should go ahead to demonstrate to the world what can be achieved with the right plan and measures midst the Coronarivus-induced COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking to the International Olympic Committee members at their session in the Japanese capital, Tedros said the world needed the Olympics now “as a celebration of hope”.
“The Olympics have the power to bring the world together, to inspire, to show what’s possible,” said Tedros. “May the rays of hope from this land illuminate a new dawn for a healthy, safer and fairer world,” he said, holding aloft an Olympic Games torch. “It is my sincere hope the Tokyo Games succeed.”
The Tokyo Games will start on July 23 and will see tens of thousands of foreigners arriving in Japan to see the games.
“Instead of being deployed widely, vaccines have been concentrated in the hands and arms of a lucky few,” said Tedros criticizing the vaccine discrepancies between countries.
He went on to add, “The pandemic will end when the world chooses to end it. It is in our hands,” said. “We have all the tools we need. We can prevent this disease, we can test for it and we can treat it.”
Around 34% of Japan has had at least one dose of the vaccine.
Rising COVID-19 cases in Tokyo have cast a shadow over an event that, having already been postponed last year because of the pandemic, will now take place without spectators.
Earlier this month Japan had said, participants would compete in empty venues to minimize health risks.
So far there have been 67 cases of COVID-19 infections in the country among those accredited for the Games since July 1, despite strict entry measures.