Team GB pledges to be ‘fully vaccinated’ for Tokyo Olympics this summer

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Team GB pledge to be ‘fully vaccinated’ for the Tokyo Olympics, with 86 percent of athletes and staff having already received at least one dose… as the BOA also adopts their own ‘rigorous testing and isolation program’

Team GB has pledged to be “fully vaccinated” for the Tokyo Olympics, with 86 percent of their delegation already receiving at least one dose.

In a letter to Tokyo 2020 president, Seiko Hashimoto, the British Olympic Association promised that they would “do everything possible to minimize any risk to the people of Japan” ahead of the Games.

That includes adopting their own “rigorous testing and isolation program” for the last 14 days before flying, which goes beyond Tokyo 2020 rules.

Team GB has been granted special dispensation from the government to use the stock of Pfizer shots

BOA chief executive Andy Anson revealed: “Everyone will undergo a PCR test 14 days prior to travel and regular lateral flow tests thereafter, while also protecting ourselves for the final run-up to the Games.

“That means avoiding close contact or going to crowded or indoor areas.”

Team GB has been granted special dispensation from the government to use the International Olympic Committee’s stock of Pfizer shots and accelerate the second doses.

They revealed that of the 14 percent of athletes and staff who have yet to be pricked, “the vast majority” of them will receive their first dose later this week and that they are in an “advanced stage of ensuring that the entire British delegation has been fully vaccinated ‘for the Games’.

Anson added: “We are doing everything we can, and more than necessary, to ensure that our delegation is Covid-free upon arrival in Japan.”

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