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Unvaccinated U.S. swimmer sparks debate as Olympics start

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No vaccine passport required for participating in the biggest sporting event in the world. It is such a controversial topic and it seems the governing body of the Olympics didn't want to create more issues by enforcing it.

16 ( +19 / -3 )

joffy,

I don’t think the IOC ever said they were going to enforce vaccinations. I think they were quite prepared to leave it all in the lap of the gods. And if you know anything about those old Olympic gods, they were a capricious bunch and you wouldn’t trust them as far as you could throw them. Not even if you were a shot-putter.

11 ( +15 / -4 )

It's an individual choice.

Leave them alone and don't resort to childish bullying tactics.

-19 ( +20 / -39 )

Who cares? And why the focus on the US team?

-14 ( +12 / -26 )

To have a vaccine and not use it prior to an international event during a pandemic is creating an unnecessary risk for everyone. This is not a debatable point.

18 ( +33 / -15 )

Unless they have allergies, with all the vaccines available in the US, there's no excuse for any American not be vaccinated. Selfish and uneducated.

20 ( +33 / -13 )

Just make sure to name the variant Omega

3 ( +8 / -5 )

1 in 6.

I am assuming their entourage have even lower numbers vaccinated and they are not at the bubble village. If any of the entourage are part of the evangelical Protestant right, they refuse vaccinations as well as mask wearing. Everyone has religious rights in America, but those same rights are not equal around the world. I hope the head coaches carefully selected the entourage personnel for the well being of the Japanese public.

not watching but good luck.

-9 ( +6 / -15 )

Well none of them are staying in the Olympic village, instead taking expensive hotels (paid for by us the tax payer I imagine). It's a farce this sports day.

8 ( +15 / -7 )

And the Japanese team.....

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Those 83% are only vaccinated, which doesn’t mean much, but the remaining 17% have medications, drugs and doping , that not even the strongest virus mutants would try to challenge…lol

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

No one ever said Athletes are geniuses.

To be exact they are generally to opposite, often thinking because they are stronger or faster this means they are smarter.

More often than not they are over confident, self centered and believe they are owed privileges like the Canadian swimmers that use the media to get her husband, toddler and 3 month old here with her then complains more to the media that they cannot stay together and how that makes it difficult for her to breastfeed the baby.

100 Americans that are clueless but I would bet each team has a similar amount especially western teams because many of the non developed countries Athletes seeing what was going on in their countries jumped at the chance to get vaccinated a privilege the rest of their country can only hope to get one day.

3 ( +12 / -9 )

This is without doubt, bonkers, lunacy....

Into an city the size, with a population density of Tokyo?

Delta Variant Widens Gulf Between ‘Two Americas’: Vaccinated and Unvaccinated

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/14/health/delta-variant-uk-usa.html

Zero risk?.......

4 ( +10 / -6 )

Nothing's happening so chill out

It's a good test anyway - who gets covid more often, the experimental group or the control group?

-11 ( +6 / -17 )

It's a good test anyway - who gets covid more often, the experimental group or the control group?

Well with well over 90% of those testing positive in the USA and UK being unvaccinated, we can take a good guess.

But we are already hearing the rumblings of the next problem.

Some of those that have tested positive are complaining that they feel fine and should still be permitted to compete.

We know the instant a prominent USA athlete is found to be positive they are going to make a great big fuss demanding they be permitted to continue.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

Another lie by the IOC exposed. I cannot count how many times Bach has lied any more.

15 ( +17 / -2 )

Typical. They should make a chart of which states those 100+ come from. You’ll probably see a pattern.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

So he already recovered from COVID-19 last December? If that's the case then the reality is that he's probably more immune than anyone there who only had vaccines.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

So he already recovered from COVID-19 last December? If that's the case then the reality is that he's probably more immune than anyone there who only had vaccines

Really, funny that is contrary to all the present research.

Please tell us where you got that?

John Hopkins, Mayo clinic, the New England journal of medicine, etc...

All state that those that had mild cases should get at least one dose of vaccine as the likelihood that their protection will be long lasting is low.

Even the Vaccines protection is not permanent and all research is pointing to booster shots will be needed.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

Thought he was irresponsible from the clickbait headline but learning he has recovered from COVID then he already has the antibodies required, unless he is 80 years old and required a 'booster' jab which I am sure he is not. Amazing how inconvienient facts are pushed aside for the sake of a witch-hunt and sensationalist headlines. And then you wonder why noone takes 'news' seriously anymore?

1 ( +6 / -5 )

BTW, FDA in USA didn’t fully license any covid vaccine yet. So as WHO. Covid vaccines are classified now for emergency use. Is it an emergency for a young healthy athlete to get vaccinated? I don’t think so.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Amazing how inconvienient facts are pushed aside for the sake of a witch-hunt and sensationalist headlines. And then you wonder why noone takes 'news' seriously anymore?

Amazing how the fact you pushed aside the other 99 American Athletes not vaccinated to focus on the only one that had Covid-19.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Just don't get infected, but especially don't infect other competitors and ruin their Olympic dreams

It's one thing if your own Olympic dream is ruined, but don't ruin other people's who are not at fault (if ya do that, then ya deserve to be scorned for your choices)

-8 ( +0 / -8 )

Hmmm. His body, his choice!

-5 ( +7 / -12 )

Same article but different title?

Moderator: Updated article.

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