Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid 19 vaccine
The Premier League goes on to rule out 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 start of December that the league had ruled out any action to secure its own supply, and it is understood recent developments have not changed that job.
The league is actually understood to think that the most susceptible in society must receive the vaccine to begin with, what about just about any case, at present, demand outstrips supply and governments all over the world have bought up stocks before manufacturers have even produced them.
It’s understood clubs have expressed a willingness to assist with the rollout of vaccines, that 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 ready 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, and sometimes even any interactions over such a move, despite 2 games being called off and 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 players and staff, 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 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 furthermore completely supportive of how clubs are applying the protocols and rules.”
Shrewsbury became the most up 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 that division due to be played on Saturday have recently been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The recent spate of rise and postponements increase in infections has positioned 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 encounter tests beforehand. Testing for non Premier League clubs will be paid for by the Professional Game Board.