Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid-19 vaccine
The Premier League continues to rule out trying to source a private supply of coronavirus vaccine despite a recent flurry of postponements of top-flight matches.
The PA news agency reported at the start of December that the league had ruled out any action to secure a supply, and it’s understood recent developments haven’t changed that position.
The league is actually understood to believe that the most vulnerable in society must get the vaccine to begin with, what happens in virtually any situation, at present, demand outstrips source and governments around the world have bought up stocks before makers have even created them.
It’s understood clubs have expressed a willingness to help with the rollout of vaccines, which will now be equipped to take place on a much greater scale following the acceptance of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday.
Brighton are actually understood to be prepared to help you in any approach they will if approached to accomplish that.
The Premier League put out a statement on Wednesday night insisting that there were no plans to pause the season, and sometimes even any interactions over such a move, despite 2 games being called off and so far this week.
Manchester City‘s match against Everton on Monday was postponed due to coronavirus, and so too was Fulham’s match at Tottenham on Wednesday.
The league reported eighteen good cases on Monday from its most recent round of testing of players and staff, probably the highest number since testing started as part of Project Restart in the summer.
But the Premier League declaration added: “The league will continue to have confidence in its Covid-19 protocols to permit fixtures to be played as scheduled, and those protocols keep on to have the full backing of Government.
“With the overall health of players and staff the priority, the league is additionally completely supportive of just how clubs are implementing the protocols as well as rules.”
Shrewsbury became the most recent club to inform the EFL of their inability to fulfil a fixture, in this case their Sky Bet League One match against Crewe on Saturday.
3 matches in that division due to be played on Saturday have finally been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The recent spate of rise and postponements increasing amount of infections has installed question marks over the amount of of next month’s FA Cup third round ties are going to be played as scheduled.
All clubs involved will face testing beforehand. Testing for non-Premier League clubs will be paid for by the Professional Game Board.