Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid 19 vaccine
The Premier League continues to rule out 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 start of December that the league had ruled out any action to secure the own supply of its, and it’s understood recent improvements have not changed that position.
The league is understood to believe that the most susceptible in society must receive the vaccine to begin with, what about virtually any situation, at present, demand outstrips resource and governments all over the world have ordered up stocks before manufacturers have even created them.
It is understood clubs have expressed a willingness to assist with the rollout of vaccines, that will now be in a position to take place on a much greater scale following the approval of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday.
Brighton are actually understood to be ready to help in any way they will when 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 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 eighteen positive situations on Monday from its most recent round of testing of staff as well as players, the highest number since testing started as part of Project Restart in the summer.
But the Premier League statement added: “The league continues to have confidence in its Covid-19 protocols to let fixtures to be played as scheduled, and these protocols keep on to have the full backing of Government.
“With the overall health of players as well as staff the priority, the league is also totally supportive of exactly how clubs are actually using the protocols as well as rules.”
Shrewsbury became the most up club to inform the EFL of the inability of theirs to fulfil a fixture, in this case their Sky Bet League One match against Crewe on Saturday.
3 matches in that division thanks to be played on Saturday have now been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The recent spate of postponements and rise increasing amount of infections has placed question marks over the amount of 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.