The Chinese Olympic Committee has offered doses of Covid vaccine to those competing at the 2022 Summer Games and the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.
The news was announced by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, who repeated on Wednesday that the delayed Tokyo 2020 will begin on July 23.
“The IOC will pay for these additional doses of vaccines for the Olympic and Paralympic teams,” he added.
The Winter Olympics begin in February.
Bach added: “For each of these doses, the IOC will pay for two more doses that may be available to the population in the respective countries.”
Meanwhile, Sarah Hirschland, executive director of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, said athletes from the U.S. Team could be vaccinated before appropriate trials because of the speed of introduction into the country.
“A wide base of athletes can have access to the vaccine before we initially thought it was possible,” she said.
“This is great news and we feel really positive about the progress we are seeing here in the United States, both in its advantage to American athletes and international athletes currently living and training in our country.”