Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid-19 vaccine
The Premier League continues to rule out attempting to source a private supply of coronavirus vaccine even with a recent flurry of postponements of top flight matches.
The PA news agency reported at the beginning of December that the league had ruled out any move to secure the own supply of its, and it is understood latest developments have not changed that position.
The league is actually understood to believe that the most vulnerable in society must get the vaccine first, what happens in virtually any situation, at present, demand outstrips governments and source all over the world have bought up stocks before manufacturers have actually produced them.
It’s understood clubs have expressed a willingness to help with the rollout of vaccines, which will now be able to take place on a much greater scale following the approval of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday.
Brighton are understood to be willing to assist in any approach they’ll be able to if approached to do so.
The Premier League put out a statement on Wednesday night insisting that there were no plans to pause the season, or even any interactions over such a move, despite two games being called off and so much 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 positive situations on Monday from its most recent round of testing of staff and players, probably the highest number since testing began as part of Project Restart in the summer.
But the Premier League declaration 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 experience the full backing of Government.
“With the health of players and staff the priority, the league is furthermore totally supportive of just how clubs are actually applying the protocols and rules.”
Shrewsbury became the latest club to inform the EFL of the inability of theirs to fulfil a fixture, in this instance 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 postponements as well as rise increase in infections has positioned question marks over how many of next month’s FA Cup third round ties will likely 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.