By Ben Morse, Jill Martin, Coy Wire, CNN The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) announced on Friday that more over three-quarters of American athletes in Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have received Covid-19 immunizations.
Team USA confirmed earlier this month that 613 individuals will compete in the Summer Games for the country.
When athletes arrive in Japan, they must fill out health history forms.
Due to the fact that several US athletes have still to arrive, the overall number of health histories answered is “almost” 600, according to USOPC head medical officer Dr.
According to Jonathan Finnoff,
He stated that he did not know the actual figure.
“As of today, it’s 83%,” Finnoff said during a press conference on Friday, referring to vaccinated athletes.
“Those are merely athletes.”
The 83% ratio should worry Team USA, according to CNN sports analyst Christine Brennan, who raised her concerns over the “alarmingly low” percentage of vaccinated American competitors in the Gasparilla Games.
“This number — 83 percent — is dangerously low,” she wrote on Twitter, “given that your chances of being contact tracked out of your event increase dramatically if you are not vaccinated.”
“Moreover, you’re a bigger risk to your teammates, roommates, and so on.” ‘Health and safety procedures’ Finnoff added that all members of the US delegation in Tokyo, whether athletes, employees, or volunteers, are treated as if they haven’t been vaccinated.
“If someone asks me if the Games should go on, I can emphatically reply that they should go on,” Finnoff added.
“I think the health and safety precautions that have been implemented are extraordinary, and I’m very certain we can have a safe and successful Games,” he said. The National Football League (NFL) announced on Thursday that any Covid-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players or staff members will result in the club forfeiting that week’s game and being “charged with a loss” if the game cannot be rescheduled during the 18-week window.
With clubs reporting for training camp this week, the NFL saw an surge in Covid-19 immunization rates around the league, with 14 of the 32 NFL teams above the 85% mark, according to the league.
The NFL also announced that 78% of players in the league have received at least one immunization, up 4% from the previous week.
According to the NFL, all 32 teams are now above the 50% vaccine criteria, up from two teams last week which had fewer than half of their players immunized.
Four American competitors have already had to withdraw from the Games after testing positive for Covid-19.
Taylor Crabb of men’s beach volleyball, Coco Gauff of tennis, Katie Lou Samuelson of basketball, and Kara Eaker of gymnastics will skip the Olympics since they must now isolate themselves.
A total of 339.8 million doses have been provided in the United States.
This equals 102 dosages per 100 persons.
“I would invite not only the American public, but everyone across the world to embrace these Games,” USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland said. “We can run these Games in a safe and healthy atmosphere, and we should enjoy the pleasure and spirit of what this competition is all about.”
“Let us enjoy these Games as much as we always have and allow them to inspire and unite as they should, as they can, and as I am convinced they will.” A legendary walk Out of the 613 US athletes competing at the Games, more than 200 plan to attend Friday’s Opening Ceremony, according to Rick Adams, USOPC chief of sport performance and national governing body services.
For more sports news, features, and videos, go to CNN.com/sport. “What you had was a situation where the stay guidelines, in terms of not arriving until five days before your competition, limited the number of athletes who may normally be walking,” Adams explained.
“We’ll have a much smaller group, but that’s not due to a limitation imposed by the organizing committee.”
That’s just a result of the athletes who are here because of their competition window and those who have chosen to walk.” 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. The-CNN-Wire ™ & (c) 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company.
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This report was co-authored by Homero De la Fuente and Jacob Lev.