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More medical experts pessimistic about holding Tokyo Olympics next year

Saturday’s Mainichi reported that an increasing number of doctors, virologists, and other public health professionals are skeptical about the feasibility of holding the Tokyo Olympics next summer in view of the paramount difficulties in combating the coronavirus. While the development of a vaccine is viewed as indispensable for convening the international sports event “in its complete form” as promised by Prime Minister Abe, the daily said most experts are not optimistic about the prospects. They also suspect that if a vaccine is successfully developed quickly, making one available to athletes and people around the world in a year or so would be almost impossible. The daily added that the GOJ and the Tokyo metropolitan government have put off discussing how to finance the costs associated with the one-year postponement of the Olympics as they have been preoccupied with containing the virus outbreak.

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