Unvaccinated U.S. swimmer sparks debate as Olympics start | CBC Sports
Jul 24, 2021 1 min, 26 secs
medal threat Michael Andrew's decision not to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as he prepares to compete at the Tokyo Olympics.

DiRado sparked the discourse this week with a lengthy thread on Twitter in which she wrote that she's "disappointed" in Andrew's decision to compete unvaccinated and his reasoning behind it.

Andrew said he has no plans to be vaccinated in the future.

Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee didn't make it mandatory for athletes to be vaccinated to compete.

Just more than 20 per cent of the Japanese population is fully vaccinated.

athletes in Tokyo are unvaccinated, the U.S.

Olympic and Paralympic Committee's medical chief said Friday.

Medical director Jonathan Finnoff said 567 of the American athletes had filled out their health histories as they prepared for the trip, and estimated 83 per cent had replied they were vaccinated.

"Eighty-three per cent is actually a substantial number and we're quite happy with it," Finnoff said.

The IOC has estimated around 85 per cent of residents of the Olympic Village are vaccinated; that's based that on what each country's Olympic committee reports but is not an independently verified number.

"That Michael would make a decision that puts even a bit of risk on his teammates for his own perceived well-being frustrates me," DiRado wrote.

The top Americans — Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky, Lilly King and Simone Manuel — have all said they are fully vaccinated?

"Michael is allowed to make his own decisions and I can guarantee you that none of us here are holding any decision like that against him," teammate Patrick Callan tweeted.

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