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LAUSANNE: Olympic and Paralympic athletes not yet vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to use special facilities set up in Qatar and Rwanda, the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday.

The two centres will use the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for athletes who have been unable to get vaccinated in their home countries, said the IOC, adding that it was ready to help with travel costs when necessary.

“Currently as many as 75 per cent of the residents of the Olympic Village are already vaccinated or have secured vaccination,” said the IOC statement.

“There is good reason to believe that this figure will be well over 80 per cent at the time of the Games.”

The IOC announcement comes amid growing unease in Japan at the holding of the games with the coronavirus pandemic still raging.

Recent opinion polls in Japan suggest most people there want the Olympics cancelled or further postponed.

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