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 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 action to secure the own supply of its, and it is understood recent developments haven’t changed that job.
The league is actually understood to think that the most vulnerable in society should get the vaccine to start with, and in any situation, at present, demand outstrips resource and governments all over the world have bought 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 acceptance of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday.
Brighton are understood to be willing to help in any way they can if approached to do so.
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 two games being called off and 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 18 positive 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 let 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 furthermore completely supportive of exactly how clubs are actually implementing the protocols and rules.”
Shrewsbury became the most recent club to inform the EFL of the failure of theirs to fulfil a fixture, in cases like this their Sky Bet League One match against Crewe on Saturday.
Three matches in that division thanks to be played on Saturday have now been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The recent spate of rise and postponements rise in infections has placed question marks over the number of of next month’s FA Cup third round ties will likely be played as scheduled.
All clubs involved will experience testing beforehand. Testing for non Premier League clubs will be paid for by the Professional Game Board.