Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid-19 vaccine
The Premier League continues to rule out attempting to source a private source of coronavirus vaccine even with 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 move to secure its own supply, and it is understood recent developments haven’t changed that position.
The league is understood to believe that the most vulnerable in society must get the vaccine to begin with, what about just about any situation, at present, demand outstrips governments and supply around the world have ordered up stocks before makers have also created them.
It is understood clubs have expressed a willingness to assist with the rollout of vaccines, which will now be equipped 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 can when approached to accomplish that.
The Premier League put out a statement on Wednesday night insisting that there was no plans to pause the season, as well as any interactions 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 found eighteen positive situations on Monday from its most recent round of testing of staff as well as players, the highest number since testing began 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 permit fixtures to be played as scheduled, and these protocols continue to enjoy the full backing of Government.
“With the overall health of players as well as staff the priority, the league is additionally completely supportive of just how clubs are using the protocols and rules.”
Shrewsbury became the latest club to inform the EFL of their failure to fulfil a fixture, in this case their Sky Bet League One match against Crewe on Saturday.
Three matches in this division because of to be played on Saturday have finally been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The latest spate of postponements as well as rise 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 encounter tests beforehand. Testing for non-Premier League clubs will be paid for by the Professional Game Board.