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2021 Olympics happening with or without a vaccine

It looks like the International Olympic Committee is committed to pushing forward with the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo despite the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of a vaccine. 

The CBC is reporting that IOC VP John Coates confirmed the Olympics will be happening in 2021 no matter what the COVID-19 situation. 

Speaking to Agence France-Presse, Coates said, "The Games were going to be their theme, the Reconstruction Games, after the devastation of the tsunami."

The Olympics are scheduled to run July 23 to Aug. 8 after being postponed earlier this year.

According to the CBC, Toshiro Moto, the chief executive of the Tokyo 2020 team, said a reduced audience size is possible, but are trying their best to hold the Games with some spectators. He also said the existence of a vaccine is not a necessary condition of holding the Games.

"If a vaccine is ready, that will be a benefit, but we're not saying we can't hold the event without it," Moto said, to the BBC.

 

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