Premier League rules out strategic sourcing Covid 19 vaccine
The Premier League continues to rule out going about trying to source a private supply 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’s understood recent improvements have not changed that job.
The league is actually understood to think that the most susceptible in society should receive the vaccine to start with, what happens in virtually any situation, at present, demand outstrips governments and resource around the world have purchased up stocks before makers have also created 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 approval of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday.
Brighton are understood to be prepared to assist in any way they can if approached to accomplish that.
The Premier League put out a statement on Wednesday night insisting that there was no plans to pause the season, or even any discussions over such a move, despite two 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 found eighteen good cases on Monday from its most recent round of testing of players as well as 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 help fixtures to be played as scheduled, and those protocols continue to enjoy the full backing of Government.
“With the overall health of players and staff the priority, the league is additionally fully supportive of just how clubs are implementing the protocols as well as rules.”
Shrewsbury became the most recent 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 that division because of to be played on Saturday have recently been postponed due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The recent spate of postponements as well as rise increasing amount of infections has placed question marks over how many 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.