South America’s soccer governing physique, CONMEBOL, stated Thursday it was all set to distribute, freed from cost, 50,000 coronavirus vaccines donated by China amongst its 10-member federations.
The cargo of vaccines produced by China’s Sinovac pharma firm arrived Wednesday in Montevideo, Uruguay, from the place they are going to be disbursed.
“The vaccines will… make the worldwide competitions safer, beginning with the CONMEBOL Copa America 2021, on account of begin on June 13,” the confederation stated.
The Copa America event, just like the European Championship, was on account of happen final 12 months however was postponed by 12 months as a result of coronavirus pandemic. It is going to be co-hosted by Argentina and Colombia, each international locations with a excessive burden of coronavirus instances and deaths.
CONMEBOL stated it will goal 1000’s of gamers competing in each the boys’s and girls’s competitions, referees, technicians and different employees.
Within the case of unused vaccines, particular person associations should allocate doses to individuals who want them, topic to CONMEBOL approval, the physique stated.
“The criterion is that no vaccine is wasted, and that the soccer atmosphere is given precedence,” it added.
Earlier this month, Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez solid doubt over the Copa America, saying: “I do not need to frustrate the Copa America spectacle however I would like us to be very wise, very cautious.”
The next day, Colombia’s sports activities minister insisted the event can be performed “with or with out followers.”