IOC welcomes vaccine donation from Pfizer and BioNTech for Beijing 2022

IOC welcomes vaccine donation from Pfizer and BioNTech for Beijing 2022

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE will donate doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games participants in Beijing 2022. This comes on the heels of a Memorandum of Understanding reached in May for the companies to donate vaccines to participants in the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, which has now been extended to include the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will continue to collaborate with the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) to help athletes, officials, and Games stakeholders living in their territories get vaccinated before travelling to China.

"We would like to thank Pfizer and BioNTech for this donation as we approach the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022," said IOC President Thomas Bach. This is another step in our plan to make the Games safe for the athletes and all participants, and it builds on our previous success."

To be allowed into the closed loop system without quarantine, Beijing 2022 participants must be fully vaccinated according to the requirements of their respective home countries at least 14 days prior to departure for China. Anyone who has not been fully vaccinated as specified above will be quarantined for 21 days upon arrival in Beijing. Athletes and team officials may be granted exceptions on a case-by-case basis for medical reasons.

The donation from Pfizer and BioNTech is an important part of plans to ensure the safety of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games next year. It comes on the heels of the release of the first edition of the Beijing 2022 Playbooks, which provide comprehensive COVID-19 guidelines to help participants prepare for travelling to and arriving in China, fulfilling their roles at the Games, and then leaving Beijing.

Vaccines are one of the main principles of hosting safe Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, contributing to the protection of broader public health as well as the athletes' and national delegations', as outlined in the Playbooks.

The vaccine doses donated by Pfizer and BioNTech will not be deducted from existing vaccination programmes, but will be added to existing quotas and scheduled deliveries around the world.