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 even with 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 is understood latest improvements have not changed that job.
The league is actually understood to believe that the most vulnerable in society must get the vaccine to start with, and in any situation, at present, demand outstrips governments and resource all over the world have purchased up stocks before makers have actually created 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 endorsement of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday.
Brighton are understood to be ready to help in any manner they can when 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 sometimes even any talks over such a move, despite 2 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 eighteen good situations on Monday from its most recent round of testing of staff and players, probably the highest number since testing began as part of Project Restart in the summer.
But the Premier League statement added: “The league continues to have confidence in its Covid 19 protocols to allow fixtures to be played as scheduled, and those protocols keep on to experience the full backing of Government.
“With the overall health of players as well as staff the priority, the league is additionally completely supportive of exactly how clubs are applying the protocols and rules.”
Shrewsbury became the most up club to inform the EFL of the failure of theirs to fulfil a fixture, in this case their Sky Bet League One match against Crewe on Saturday.
3 matches in this division due to be played on Saturday have now been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The latest spate of postponements as well as rise rise in infections has positioned question marks over the number of of next month’s FA Cup third round ties are going to be played as scheduled.
All clubs involved will encounter testing beforehand. Testing for non Premier League clubs will be paid for by the Professional Game Board.