It’s 66 days until the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics, and 150 experts called on Friday for the games to be postponed or moved because of the Zika virus.
Brazil’s Zika strain has more serious medical consequences than researchers had thought, Rio de Janeiro is one of the hardest-hit areas of the epidemic, and Rio’s mosquito-killing efforts aren’t meeting expectations, the experts say in their open letter to the World Health Organization.
The WHO said on Saturday that there’s “no public health justification” for postponing the games or changing their location.
The health experts’ letter had also highlighted the decades-long collaboration between the WHO and the International Olympic Committee. The experts said it was an “overly close” relationship that left the U.N. health agency unable to be impartial in Olympic issues.
Meanwhile, the IOC is fielding, for the first time in history, a small team of refugees — between five and 10 athletes who will represent not a country, but all those without one, says The Christian Science Monitor.