Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid 19 vaccine
The Premier League goes on to rule out going about trying to source a private source of coronavirus vaccine even with 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 a supply, and it is understood latest improvements haven’t changed that job.
The league is understood to think that the most susceptible in society must receive the vaccine first, and in just about any situation, at present, demand outstrips resource and governments around the world have bought up stocks before manufacturers have actually created them.
It’s 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 manner 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 very 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 and staff, probably the highest number since testing began 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 experience the full backing of Government.
“With the overall health of players and staff the priority, the league is also totally supportive of just how clubs are implementing the protocols as well as rules.”
Shrewsbury became the most recent club to inform the EFL of their failure to fulfil a fixture, in cases like this their Sky Bet League One match against Crewe on Saturday.
Three matches in that division because of to be played on Saturday have now been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The latest spate of postponements and 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 experience testing beforehand. Testing for non Premier League clubs will be paid for by the Professional Game Board.