Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid 19 vaccine
The Premier League goes on to rule out trying to source a private supply of coronavirus vaccine despite a the latest flurry of postponements of top-flight matches.
The PA news agency reported at the beginning of December that the league had ruled out any action to secure the own supply of its, and it’s understood recent developments have not changed that position.
The league is understood to believe that the most susceptible in society should receive the vaccine to start with, and in virtually any situation, at present, demand outstrips governments and source around the world have purchased up stocks before makers have actually produced them.
It’s understood clubs have expressed a willingness to help with the rollout of vaccines, which will now be in a position to take place on a much greater scale following the acceptance of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday.
Brighton are understood to be ready to help in any approach they can if approached to do it.
The Premier League put out a statement on Wednesday night insisting that there were no plans to pause the season, as well as any talks 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 found 18 good cases on Monday from its most recent round of testing of players and staff, the highest number since testing began as part of Project Restart in the summer.
But the Premier League statement added: “The league continues to have confidence in its Covid-19 protocols to make it possible for fixtures to be played as scheduled, and these protocols continue to have the full backing of Government.
“With the overall health of players and staff the priority, the league is furthermore totally supportive of exactly how clubs are implementing the protocols as well as rules.”
Shrewsbury became the most recent club to inform the EFL of the failure of theirs to fulfil a fixture, in this instance their Sky Bet League One match against Crewe on Saturday.
3 matches in this division due to be played on Saturday have finally been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The recent spate of rise as well as postponements increase in infections has installed question marks over the number of of next month’s FA Cup third round ties will likely be played as scheduled.
All clubs involved will experience tests beforehand. Testing for non Premier League clubs will be paid for by the Professional Game Board.