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 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 action to secure a supply, and it’s understood recent improvements haven’t changed that position.
The league is actually understood to believe that the most vulnerable in society must get the vaccine first, what happens in just about any situation, at present, demand outstrips governments and source around the world have purchased up stocks before manufacturers have actually produced them.
It’s understood clubs have expressed a willingness to assist with the rollout of vaccines, which will now be able to take place on a much greater scale following the endorsement of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday.
Brighton are actually understood to be ready to assist in any manner they can if approached to do so.
The Premier League put out a statement on Wednesday night insisting that there was no plans to pause the season, and sometimes even any discussions over such a move, despite 2 games being called off 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 started as part of Project Restart in the summer.
But the Premier League statement added: “The league will continue to have confidence in its Covid 19 protocols to allow fixtures to be played as scheduled, and those protocols continue to enjoy the full backing of Government.
“With the health of players and staff the priority, the league is additionally totally supportive of exactly how clubs are implementing the protocols as well as rules.”
Shrewsbury became the most up club to inform the EFL of the failure of theirs to fulfil a fixture, in this case their Sky Bet League One match against Crewe on Saturday.
Three matches in this division thanks to be played on Saturday have recently been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The latest spate of postponements as well as rise rise in infections has positioned question marks over the number of of next month’s FA Cup third round ties are going to be played as scheduled.
All clubs involved will experience testing beforehand. Testing for non Premier League clubs will be paid for by the Professional Game Board.