According to Tedros Adhanom Gebreesus, “there is nothing in life without risk.”
The Tokyo Olympics must be held to show the world what can be achieved with the right planning and measures in the midst of a coronavirus epidemic, said Tedros Adhanom Gebreesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) 138. as a guest of the session. “Every effort has been made to make these games as safe as possible,” Tedros emphasized, referring to the organizers. The measure of the result is not the zero number of infections, but the rapid detection and isolation of cases, thus preventing the further spread of the virus. “There is no such thing in life that there is no risk,” the WHO Director-General underlined. The WHO has effectively supported the IOC and the Japanese host in developing epidemiological measures. It’s time to test the plans and precautions, Tedros said.
“I really hope we succeed”
said the director general.
“Rays of hope from this country should illuminate the beginning of a healthier, safer and more just world,” Tedros said, holding up an Olympic torch. As he said, the world needs the Olympics because of hope. “The Olympics have the potential to bring people together, to show what can be achieved,” he stressed. However, the WHO director-general painted a pessimistic picture of the coronavirus epidemic.
“Pandemic is a test and the world is falling apart”
As he said, the epidemic has claimed the lives of four million people so far, and by the end of August 8, the Olympics, which begin on July 23, will have numbered hundreds of thousands. The danger is not over, he warned. As he said, he chases longing dreams of someone who thinks the pandemic is over just because his country has managed to curb the spread of the virus. The head of the WHO called it a moral scandal that 75 percent of vaccines were used in only ten countries. “We could have curbed the pandemic if the vaccines had been distributed more fairly,” Tedros added. In the Japanese capital, the epidemic curve is rising, which is why the government recently declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and the surrounding prefectures. At the same time, there is growing concern about holding an Olympics that attracted thousands of foreign athletes, officials and journalists, which were postponed last year due to the epidemic. To mitigate health risks, the Japanese authorities have ordered the games to be held without supporters. However, according to a poll published recently by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Simbun, two-thirds of Japanese doubt that the Olympics can be held safely. In Japan, 34 percent of the population has received at least the first dose of one of the coronavirus vaccines so far. Since the outbreak, more than 840,000 people have been registered in the island nation, 15,055 of whom have died from the disease. As a result of the Games, 67 people have been reported to have been infected since July 1, so many fear the Olympics could become a “super-disseminating” event.
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