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 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 action to secure its own supply, and it’s understood recent developments have not changed that job.
The league is understood to believe that the most susceptible in society should receive the vaccine to begin with, and in just about any case, at present, demand outstrips governments and source around the world have ordered up stocks before makers have actually created them.
It is understood clubs have expressed a willingness to assist with the rollout of vaccines, which will now be able to take place on a much greater scale following the acceptance of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday.
Brighton are understood to be prepared 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 on occasion even any talks over such a move, despite 2 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 reported eighteen positive cases on Monday from its most recent round of testing of staff and players, probably 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 make it possible for fixtures to be played as scheduled, and these protocols keep on to enjoy 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 and rules.”
Shrewsbury became the most up club to inform the EFL of their failure to fulfil a fixture, in cases like this their Sky Bet League One match against Crewe on Saturday.
3 matches in this division thanks 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 are going to 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.