Olympic Committee, President Trump, Thomas Bach discussed on The World

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Where co production of GBH NPR EX lesson six months now until the Tokyo Olympics with a lot of unknowns. This week, though International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach did make one thing clear. We are not a speculating off whether the games are taking place. We are working on how the games will take place. In other words, how to keep people safe from the coronavirus. The IOC is encouraging all participating nations to vaccinate their athletes. That's raising logistical and ethical questions, though even from the athletes, here's the world's Bianca Hillier. Rumors have been flying about if how and when Olympic athletes will receive the cove in 19 vaccine. The controversy started when some suggested that athletes would get priority access IOC president Box says That's not happening. There's no blueprint for this, and we are learning every day, but we are not in favor off athletes trumping the Cube. President. Bok emphasized that once health care professionals and vulnerable groups are taken care of then athletes should be offered the shots. Many athletes agree with this stance, even though it jeopardizes their chance of competing three time Paralympian meal. Fahey from the UK says he sees both sides of the coin. Certainly you know, you start to ask those moral questions of well if it was Between yourself and annulled early relative. Then who would you rather gets? The vaccine is quite a difficult one to answer difficult, he explained, because people devote years of their lives to the games, and for some Tokyo 2020 is their final chance to represent their country on the international stage. Then his mind goes to friends and family. You know, I had much rather see my parents vaccine before me because I'm far more worried about the potential health risks for them. As far as when athletes will be offered the vaccine. IOC President Thomas Bach has asked the 206 National Olympic committees to lead their own charge. It is upper tow each government to decide. About the vaccination about access to vaccination in their respective countries. Israel's Olympic Committee says it has already inoculated half of its athletes, while Denmark and hungry say their delegations will get vaccinated in a couple of months. And in Belgium, the country's Olympic committee has already asked its government to pledge 500 vaccines for Olympians and staff. Johan, Bellman's chief physician of the committee, told local media. He doesn't see this as asking for preferential treatment. So Zeke again voting tonight sister from the physical properties that made it started moving, he says. The intention is not to preempt health care workers and vulnerable groups. But we do want to protect our athletes. Obviously, we don't want our athletes to be at a competitive disadvantage. Meanwhile, other countries haven't even started administering the vaccine to essential workers or vulnerable groups, including the host country. Japan itself. Medical workers there are scheduled to get there first shots at the end of February. In the U. S. The CDC considers more than 60% of Americans to be essential workers or otherwise vulnerable to the virus, meaning healthy. Olympic athletes have a long time to wait until it's their turn. Well, it all happen in time for the games. Vivian Reef, Berg spent more than 30 years figuring out operational challenges like this in the health care industry, she says it's possible the number of athletes coming from any one country is on the one hand. Small number relative to the number of vaccines that could be going on. A few 100 athletes, she says, isn't a lot compared to a country of millions. But on the other hand, the distribution and availability of vaccines is very uneven around the world. And even within the wealthiest countries is not widespread referred added that unless more vaccines are widely approved and available, adhering to the IOC's timeline will be a challenge. British Paralympian Neil thought, he says to him. The timeline doesn't sound feasible when you consider how many of the population would be ahead of me. In reality of the point I would be offered. The vaccine is so far down the line. I'd be long past the games have happened, so I think it's inevitable. For US athletes were gonna be jumping the queue to some degree and I guess it's how much we jump it by is the question. I asked the IOC that question once essential workers and others in vulnerable groups are vaccinated. Will athletes then be first in line? Will they be prioritized over the non vulnerable general public? Via email. They declined to comment. The IOC is expected to share more tactics to safeguard the Tokyo Olympics next week. For the world. I'm Bianca holier and one more Olympic related note to share. The IOC is upping its commitments in the fight against climate change. It's setting a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by the end of the decade. IOC President Thomas Bach made the announcement yesterday. In addition to reducing our emissions, we will offset more than 100% off our remaining carbon emissions. The IOC is doing this through the Olympic Forest project combating desertification in Africa Suhel region Within three years. The IOC says it will actually be removing more carbon from the air than it emits, and we're not just talking wonky numbers here. The Olympics have a massive audience and the IOC and host cities are using their bullhorn to show off what they can do that next year's Winter Games in Beijing. All the venues are aiming to run on 100% renewable energy. Faster, higher, stronger and now greener. So let's talk about how carbon offsets exactly work like the one IOC president Thomas Bach mentioned that's on the agenda in our weekly look at climate change Solutions. The big fix way.

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