Japan hopefully has time to build virus defenses before Olympics: professor
Japan Times -- Jan 31
Vaccines against a coronavirus that has killed 170 people in China probably won’t be ready by the start of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, a professor who looked at health risks ahead of the games said, adding that he hoped that there was enough time to build defenses.

Koji Wada, professor of public health at the International University of Health and Welfare in Tokyo, co-authored a paper in 2018 that looked at health risks from the influx of visitors to the 2020 Games in July.

The spread of measles, rubella and other vaccine-preventable diseases was seen at the time as the most likely risk, according to the report, along with food and waterborne illnesses.

Wada said he hoped there was enough time to learn more about the coronavirus and how it spreads.

“We may have more information about the risk of infection and the risk of severity of getting the virus, so we can prepare,” Wada said in an interview Wednesday. “So we can have some precautions for infection control … but I hope we can conduct the Tokyo Olympics as scheduled.”

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