The following article, Olympics Take Another ‘L’ as Lambda Variant Spawns in Japan, was first published on Flag And Cross.
As we tally up the wins and losses of the 2020/2021 Olympic Games in Japan, there are far fewer W’s on the board than the International Olympic Committee would have liked.
Much of this has to do with the still-surging coronavirus pandemic, that had been essentially ticking upward ever since the announcement that the games would be postponed by a year. Still, the IOC and others with a financial investment in their commencement forged ahead, and they’ve been rewarded with a subpar, almost embarrassing affair.
Oh, and let’s not forget just how dangerous it’s been, either.
The delta variant is spreading in the population and in the news. But the lambda variant of the virus that causes COVID, which popped up in South America, is definitely attracting the attention of researchers, who fear it might be more resistant to vaccines than other variants.
And this is where the trouble begins for Tokyo:
And now it’s in Japan, thanks to the Olympics, the Japan Timesreports. A woman came to Japan from Peru on July 20, tested positive for the coronavirus but had no symptoms, and quarantined. By July 23, authorities new she had the lambda variant. But the health ministry didn’t release the results until after the 2020 Olympic Games were over.
The IOC has long been criticized for their money-above-all attitude, and there is little doubt that the fallout from these games will continue to tarnish that record for some time to come.
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