Japan Medical Assn: Tokyo Olympics difficult without vaccine

TOKYO (AP) — The medical community in Japan is moving toward a consensus that holding next year’s Tokyo Olympics may hinge on finding a coronavirus vaccine. The president of the Japan Medical Association says “it would be difficult to hold the Olympics unless effective vaccines are developed.” Yoshitake Yokokura says the Olympics are possible only if the infections are under control. This means not only in Japan but globally. He did not say whether he opposes the Olympics without vaccines. Japan has reported 13,576 COVID-19 cases and 712 others from a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo earlier this year. The health ministry has reported 389 total deaths from the virus.