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 move to secure the own supply of its, and it is understood recent improvements haven’t changed that position.
The league is actually understood to think that the most susceptible in society should receive the vaccine first, what happens in just about any situation, at present, demand outstrips governments and source all over the world have bought up stocks before makers have even produced them.
It is 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 acceptance of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday.
Brighton are understood to be willing to assist in any manner they’ll be able to if approached to do so.
The Premier League put out a statement on Wednesday night insisting that there had been no plans to pause the season, if not any interactions over such a move, despite two games being called off so far 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 18 positive cases on Monday from its most recent round of testing of staff and players, probably the highest number since testing began 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 continue to experience the full backing of Government.
“With the overall health of players and staff the priority, the league is also totally supportive of how clubs are applying the protocols and rules.”
Shrewsbury became the most up club to inform the EFL of the inability of theirs to fulfil a fixture, in this instance 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 increase in infections has placed question marks over how many 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.