Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid 19 vaccine
The Premier League goes on to rule out going about trying to source a private source of coronavirus vaccine even with 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 move to secure the own supply of its, and it’s understood recent improvements haven’t changed that position.
The league is understood to believe that the most susceptible in society must receive the vaccine to begin with, what happens in virtually any situation, at present, demand outstrips source and governments around the world have ordered 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 equipped to take place on a much greater scale following the approval of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday.
Brighton are actually understood to be willing to help in any approach they’ll be able to when approached to do it.
The Premier League put out a statement on Wednesday night insisting that there were no plans to pause the season, and sometimes even 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 positive cases on Monday from its most recent round of testing of players and staff, the highest number since testing started out 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 let fixtures to be played as scheduled, and those protocols keep on to enjoy the full backing of Government.
“With the health of players and staff the priority, the league is additionally totally supportive of just how clubs are applying the protocols as well as 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 due to be played on Saturday have recently been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The recent spate of postponements as well as rise increasing amount of infections has placed question marks over the amount of 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.