Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid 19 vaccine
The Premier League continues 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 a supply, and it’s understood recent improvements have not changed that job.
The league is understood to think that the most susceptible in society must get the vaccine to begin with, what happens in any case, at present, demand outstrips governments and supply all over the world have purchased up stocks before manufacturers have even produced them.
It’s 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 endorsement of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday.
Brighton are actually understood to be ready to assist 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, if not any discussions 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 too was Fulham’s match at Tottenham on Wednesday.
The league found eighteen good cases on Monday from its most recent round of testing of staff and players, probably the highest number since testing started out 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 those protocols continue to experience the full backing of Government.
“With the overall health of players as well as staff the priority, the league is furthermore totally supportive of just how clubs are implementing the protocols and rules.”
Shrewsbury became the latest club to inform the EFL of their inability 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 recently been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The recent spate of postponements as well as rise rise in infections has installed question marks over how many of next month’s FA Cup third round ties will be played as scheduled.
All clubs involved will face tests beforehand. Testing for non-Premier League clubs will be paid for by the Professional Game Board.