Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid 19 vaccine
The Premier League continues to rule out going about 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 latest improvements have not changed that job.
The league is understood to think that the most vulnerable in society must get the vaccine to start with, what happens in any situation, at present, demand outstrips governments and resource around the world have ordered up stocks before makers have even produced them.
It is understood clubs have expressed a willingness to assist 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 understood to be prepared to assist in any way they will if approached to do it.
The Premier League put out a statement on Wednesday night insisting that there had been no plans to pause the season, or even any talks over such a move, despite 2 games being called off 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 reported 18 good 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 statement added: “The league will continue to have confidence in its Covid-19 protocols to let fixtures to be played as scheduled, and these protocols continue to experience the full backing of Government.
“With the overall health of players as well as staff the priority, the league is also completely supportive of exactly how clubs are actually implementing the protocols and rules.”
Shrewsbury became the latest club to inform the EFL of their inability to fulfil a fixture, in cases like this their Sky Bet League One match against Crewe on Saturday.
Three matches in this division thanks to be played on Saturday have now been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The recent spate of postponements as well as rise increase in infections has placed question marks over the number of of next month’s FA Cup third round ties will be played as scheduled.
All clubs involved will face tests beforehand. Testing for non-Premier League clubs will be paid for by the Professional Game Board.