Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid-19 vaccine
The Premier League goes on to rule out going about trying to source a private supply 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 move to secure the own supply of its, and it’s understood latest developments have not changed that job.
The league is understood to believe that the most vulnerable in society must receive the vaccine to start with, and in any case, at present, demand outstrips source and governments all over the world have ordered up stocks before makers have even created them.
It is understood clubs have expressed a willingness to help with the rollout of vaccines, which 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 help in any manner they can if approached to do it.
The Premier League put out a statement on Wednesday night insisting that there were no plans to pause the season, as well as any discussions over such a move, despite two games being called off and 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 good situations on Monday from its most recent round of testing of staff as well as players, probably the highest number since testing started 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 make it possible for fixtures to be played as scheduled, and these protocols keep on to have the full backing of Government.
“With the health of players as well as staff the priority, the league is furthermore fully supportive of exactly how clubs are implementing 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 case their Sky Bet League One match against Crewe on Saturday.
Three matches in this division due to be played on Saturday have recently been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The recent spate of postponements and rise increase in infections has positioned question marks over how many of next month’s FA Cup third round ties will be played as scheduled.
All clubs involved will encounter tests beforehand. Testing for non-Premier League clubs will be paid for by the Professional Game Board.