Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid-19 vaccine
The Premier League continues to rule out trying to source a private supply of coronavirus vaccine despite 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 is understood recent developments have not changed that job.
The league is understood to believe that the most susceptible in society should get the vaccine first, and in just about any case, at present, demand outstrips governments and supply all over the world have bought up stocks before manufacturers have also created them.
It’s understood clubs have expressed a willingness to assist 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 prepared to help in any manner they’ll be able to when approached to do so.
The Premier League put out a statement on Wednesday night insisting that there were no plans to pause the season, if not any interactions over such a move, despite 2 games being called off and so much 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 18 good situations on Monday from its most recent round of testing of players as well as staff, the highest number since testing started 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 make it possible for fixtures to be played as scheduled, and those protocols continue to experience the full backing of Government.
“With the health of players as well as staff the priority, the league is also completely supportive of just how clubs are using the protocols as well as rules.”
Shrewsbury became the latest club to inform the EFL of their inability to fulfil a fixture, in this case their Sky Bet League One match against Crewe on Saturday.
Three matches in that division thanks to be played on Saturday have recently been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The latest spate of postponements as well as rise rise in infections has positioned question marks over how many of next month’s FA Cup third round ties will likely 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.