May 4, 2021
May 3, SanFrancisco Chronicles
When the Olympics were postponed by a year because of the pandemic sweeping the globe, the International Olympic Committee was buying time. Time for the coronavirus to be contained, time for a vaccine rollout, time for the fears and the disease to ebb.
Here in the United States, it might seem like a July Olympics could work. Our country is opening. Vaccines have been plentiful — a third of Americans are fully vaccinated. Many people are beginning to feel safe.
Take a look at a current coronavirus map of the world. It is still ablaze in reds and bright oranges and not just in ravaged India. Parts of Europe, much of South America — all still awash in the virus. All of those countries are planning to send teams to the Olympics.
Japan, like many island nations, has done a relatively good job of controlling its borders and the virus. Scroll down the list of countries by cases and deaths and it take a while before you get to Japan. That’s good.