Speaking to the Kyodo agency, Gates said that Covid-19 vaccines will confirm an important role in the future of the Tokyo Olympics and that efforts are made to popularize vaccines in this context.
Bill Gates said, “I think we will have to look at the progress we will make in the next few months. If things go well, I think it’s still possible. If things don’t go well it will be unfortunate. But you know we are doing our best to get the vaccines approved and reach the whole world.” said.
Stating that the reliability of vaccines is being discussed, Gates stated that he “feels comfortable and lucky” because they are vaccinated, and that more people will turn to vaccines when they see the benefits of vaccines, and stated that vaccines will be widespread in developed countries within 6-8 months and 6-8 months later than normal for developing countries.
Gates said in a phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoşihide on January 12th that hosting a safe summer Olympics would send a strong message to the world.
It is known that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, led by Gates and his wife, finances research and development activities for Covid-19 vaccines and treatments of $ 1.75 billion.
Regarding the allegations that vaccination will be required at the Olympics, Cabinet Chief Secretary Kato Katsunobu told the participants that they were discussing measures where their vaccines would not be administered as a “precondition”.
“We are considering comprehensive measures, especially screening and behavior management, in order to organize a safe tournament where vaccines are not required.” he said. It was decided that the Tokyo Olympic Games, which were previously planned to be held on 24 July-9 August 2020 and were postponed due to the epidemic, will be held on 23 July-8 August 2021.
In the Kyodo news agency’s early month survey, 35.3 percent of the respondents to the question about the future of the organization should be “canceled” and 44.8 percent should be “postponed again” in the face of cases that do not show a downward trend across the country.