Last week I received my first COVID-19 vaccination at the mass inoculation center in Tokyo’s financial district, Otemachi. At the age of 68, I was eligible for the long-awaited antivirus shots and found myself as one of the 7.6 million Japanese so far vaccinated at least once.

Getting into the building was a bit of a process with its long queue. But once inside, the entire procedure was smooth, and getting the shot proved to be a painless experience.

It also gave me a new perspective on the pandemic. If you have enough vaccines in your country, you can start controlling the situation. And despite continued minor setbacks, I am convinced that if we have the right organization with the right chain of command in place, we can not only address the spread of COVID-19 but also host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.