Sumary of ‘World failing’ on COVID-19, WHO chief says at delayed Tokyo Olympics:
- TOKYO – The head of the World Health Organization told Olympic chiefs “the world is failing” to stop COVID-19 as the pandemic-delayed Tokyo 2020 sports programme got underway on Wednesday.
- WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said an uneven vaccine rollout risked worsening the crisis, but hoped the Olympics could be a “message of hope” to a pandemic-weary world.
- Tedros spoke without wearing a mask at the International Olympic Committee session, held at a luxury hotel in Tokyo with masked delegates sitting at socially distanced desks.
- The Tokyo Olympics, which formally open with Friday’s opening ceremony, will be held largely behind closed doors with the Japanese capital under a state of emergency following a surge in cases.
- Tedros was symbolically handed an Olympic torch by IOC chief Thomas Bach at the end of his keynote address.
- He said 75% of vaccines had been administered in just 10 countries.