Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid-19 vaccine
The Premier League continues to rule out attempting 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 its own supply, and it’s understood latest developments haven’t changed that job.
The league is understood to believe that the most susceptible in society should get the vaccine to begin with, and in any case, at present, demand outstrips supply and governments all over the world have bought up stocks before makers have actually produced them.
It is understood clubs have expressed a willingness to assist with the rollout of vaccines, that will now be able to take place on a much greater scale following the approval of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday.
Brighton are actually understood to be willing to assist in any way they’ll be able to 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, and on occasion even 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 very was Fulham’s match at Tottenham on Wednesday.
The league reported 18 positive cases 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 permit fixtures to be played as scheduled, and those protocols keep on to enjoy the full backing of Government.
“With the health of players as well as staff the priority, the league is furthermore completely supportive of how clubs are actually applying the protocols as well as rules.”
Shrewsbury became the most recent club to inform the EFL of their failure to fulfil a fixture, in this case their Sky Bet League One match against Crewe on Saturday.
3 matches in this division thanks to be played on Saturday have finally been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The latest spate of postponements and rise increasing amount of infections has installed question marks over the amount of 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.