Tokyo Olympics: U.S. health experts say the current plan is not informed by ‘best scientific evidence’

Investigators wrote in it New England Journal of Medicine On Tuesday, he recommended that the World Health Organization “immediately convene an emergency committee” to advise on a risk-management approach for the Tokyo Olympics.

The current plan to move forward with the Olympic Games is “not informed by the best scientific evidence,” the researchers wrote, calling for change.

“I’ll give them a chance now. I think we all want the good news of the Olympics.” Osterholm told CNN’s John Berman Wednesday morning asked if he cancels the game.

“I think at this point no one wants to light that torch and come back to us together, but I think the approach they’re taking now is really dangerous if they don’t change much. The recommendations they have and how they protect athletes and their support team members Want to do, ”Osterholm said. “I think that’s a real challenge.”

The growing anxiety comes a week later Japanese doctors canceled the game Amid a growing outbreak in the country.
The U.S. State Department on Monday urged citizens to Ignore all travel to Japan, But officials said it would not complicate preparations for the Tokyo Olympics, now only a few weeks later. And Wednesday local time, Asahi ShimbunJapan’s leading newspaper, which is sponsoring the Olympic Games in July, published an editorial calling for the event to be canceled.

‘Not reported by the best scientific evidence’

Due to the epidemic International Olympic Committee postpones Tokyo Olympics Events rescheduled for last year and this summer – starting July 2nd.
In Preparing for the game, The IOC has included various Covid1 counter countermeasures in the official playbook, including daily Covid1 testing tests, traveling in dedicated vehicles only, as well as designating food locations, among other measures.
“Playbooks have been developed on the basis of science, taking advantage of studies gathered during the development of the Kovid-1p epidemic,” according to Joint statement in April IOC, International Paralympic Committee, Tokyo Organizing Committee for Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Government of Japan.

The release adds that the book draws on masks, personal hygiene, physical distance and hundreds of other sporting events that took place during the epidemic, “safely and with minimal risk to the local population.”

Osterholm and his co-authors wrote in the New England Land Journal of Medicine that the playbook could include repeated Covid-11 tests and stressed that the plan for temperature testing could lose pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic cases.

“In the absence of regular testing, participants in the Olympics can become infected and risk returning home in more than 200 countries,” he wrote.

“We believe that the IOC’s determination to move forward in the Olympic Games is not indicated by the best scientific evidence,” the researchers said. “The playbook states that athletes participate at their own risk, while both athletes fail to distinguish between the different levels of risk they face and identify the limitations of measures such as temperature screening and face covering.”

Investigators said that IOC playbooks Depending on the activity, different sports events should be classified as low, medium or high risk. For example, outdoor sports where competitors are naturally kept away, such as archery or horsemanship, can be considered low risk while indoor contact sports, such as market or wrestling, can be considered high risk.

The vaccine maker donates 1 shots of covid

As another security measure, the IOC announced the companies in early May Pfizer and Biotech were offered The teams playing in the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer will receive an additional dose of their coronavirus vaccine.
The Tokyo Olympics are sent safely and securely, & # 39;  Says Seb Coe, president of World Athletics
“This donation of the vaccine is another tool in our toolbox to make the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 safe and secure for all participants, and to show solidarity with our gracious Japanese guests,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. Said in a news release In early May

“We are inviting athletes and participating delegations to the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games to take the lead by setting an example and accepting vaccinations wherever possible,” he said in part.

In Japan, where the Olympic Games will be held, less than 5% of the population is vaccinated, the researchers wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine. He said not all athletes participating in the Olympics are able to get vaccinated.

“Pfizer and Biotech have offered vaccinations for all Olympic athletes, but not all athletes will be vaccinated before the Olympics, as vaccination authorization and availability are lacking in more than 100 countries,” the researchers said. “Although many countries vaccinate their athletes, adolescents aged 1 to 17 cannot be vaccinated in most countries, and children under the age of 15 can be vaccinated in a few countries.”

They also noted in the paper that coronavirus variants, which may be more transmissible than the original strains, are circulating widely – taking risks.

Tokyo doctors want to cancel the game

A leading group of Japanese doctors has called for the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics because of fears that people are already growing sick in the country. The Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association warned earlier this month that the country’s healthcare system could not meet the health needs of thousands of players, coaches and the press at the current boom in Covid 19.

Of The group wrote about its concerns in a letter Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Sports Minister Tamayo Marukawa, Tokyo Governor Yuri Koike, and Japanese Olympic Committee Chairman Seiko Hashimoto have been sent.

The Tokyo Medical Practitioners Association includes about 10,000,000 doctors in Tokyo.

“The authorities strongly urge the IOC (International Olympic Committee) to find a decision to cancel the Games and to cancel the Games,” the doctor wrote in a letter dated May 14. National Medical Association in Japan The government also demanded the cancellation of the games.

“The most important priority now is to fight against COVID-1 and protect the lives and livelihoods of the people,” the letter said. “The virus is spreading with the people’s movement. The hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has contributed to the spread of Kovid 1 and Japan will take great responsibility if the number of victims and deaths increase.”

The report is contributed by CNN’s Imiko Jojuka in Kong, Celina Wang in Tokyo and Mai Nishima.

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