WHO chief says all must play a part to beat COVID in Olympics message

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a bilateral meeting with Swiss Home and Health Minister Alain Berset on the sidelines of the opening of the 74th World Health Assembly at WHO headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2021. Laurent Gillieron / Piscine via REUTERS

ZURICH, July 20 (Reuters) – World Health Organization President Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a Tokyo Olympics Twitter post on Tuesday that COVID-19 can be defeated if all play their part.

“I’m happy to be in Japan to address the International Olympic Committee,” Tedros said in his tweet. “I have come with a simple but urgent message: we can beat COVID-19, but only if everyone plays their part.

“May these Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games be a source of hope and unity to achieve vaccine equity and end the pandemic.”

IOC President Thomas Bach had said earlier that Tedros would be in Tokyo on Wednesday and deliver a speech to IOC members. Read more

WHO advised the Japanese organizers and the IOC on the sanitary measures to be taken by the participants and at the venues during the event from July 23 to August 8.

Earlier this month, Maria van Kerkhove, WHO technical officer for COVID-19, told reporters she was urging organizers to take precautions to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Read more

Reporting by John Revill, editing by Silke Koltrowitz and Michael Shields

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