Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid-19 vaccine
The Premier League goes on 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 the own supply of its, and it is understood recent improvements haven’t changed that job.
The league is actually understood to believe that the most susceptible in society must receive the vaccine to begin with, what happens in just about any situation, at present, demand outstrips governments and resource around 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, that 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 prepared to help in any approach they’ll be able to if approached to do it.
The Premier League put out a statement on Wednesday night insisting that there had been no plans to pause the season, as well as any discussions over such a move, despite two games being called off so much this week.
Manchester City‘s match against Everton on Monday was postponed due to coronavirus, and so very was Fulham’s match at Tottenham on Wednesday.
The league found eighteen positive situations on Monday from its most recent round of testing of players as well as staff, 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 let fixtures to be played as scheduled, and those protocols continue to have the full backing of Government.
“With the overall health of players as well as staff the priority, the league is also completely supportive of how clubs are actually using the protocols and rules.”
Shrewsbury became the most recent club to inform the EFL of their inability 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 finally been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The latest spate of postponements and rise rise in 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 encounter testing beforehand. Testing for non Premier League clubs will be paid for by the Professional Game Board.