Jill Biden heads to Tokyo amid growing concern about Covid and the Olympics
July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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First lady Jill Biden arrives at William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)
Jill Biden departs Wednesday morning for a five-day international trip to Tokyo, Japan, her first solo trip abroad as first lady of the United States.
However, Biden's visit to kick-off the Olympic Games in support of America's athletes comes amid rising Covid-19 numbers in Japan, and specifically at the Games.
Mexico softball game with US Embassy officers and their families follows, before Biden heads to "several Olympic events before departing Tokyo," according to a release from the East Wing.
Though the main focus of her trip remains Japan and the Olympics, Biden is taking the opportunity to visit two states on her way in and out of the country, part of her ongoing travel to several parts of the United States to encourage Covid-19 vaccinations.
On her way back to Washington from Japan, Biden has tacked on a stop in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she will again participate in an event centered on the importance of getting the Covid vaccine.
Biden's planned in-person attendance also comes as the head of the Tokyo games on Tuesday made no promise he wouldn't enforce an 11th-hour cancellation of the Olympics should the Covid-19 case numbers rise exponentially.