Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid-19 vaccine
The Premier League goes on to rule out trying to source a private source of coronavirus vaccine despite a the latest 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 improvements have not changed that job.
The league is understood to think that the most vulnerable in society must get the vaccine to start with, and in just about any situation, at present, demand outstrips source and governments all over the world have purchased 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 in a position to take place on a much greater scale following the endorsement of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday.
Brighton are actually understood to be willing to assist in any manner they’ll be able to 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 discussions 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 statement added: “The league continues to have confidence in its Covid 19 protocols to enable fixtures to be played as scheduled, and those protocols continue to enjoy the full backing of Government.
“With the health of players as well as staff the priority, the league is furthermore totally supportive of exactly how clubs are applying the protocols and rules.”
Shrewsbury became the most up club to inform the EFL of their inability to fulfil a fixture, in cases like this their Sky Bet League One match against Crewe on Saturday.
3 matches in that division due to be played on Saturday have now been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The latest spate of postponements as well as rise increasing amount of infections has placed question marks over the number of of next month’s FA Cup third round ties will 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.