Qatar is considering the possibility of vaccinating all spectators coming to the next FIFA World Cup against Covid-19.
Qatar is in talks with vaccine producers to ensure that all supporters coming to the FIFA World Cup it will host at the end of 2022 have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the foreign ministry said on Friday.
The country is facing a resurgence in the number of cases and deaths despite progress on its vaccination plan. Authorities were forced to impose national lockdown. “We have negotiated and discussed with the vaccine suppliers to see how we can ensure that everyone who attends the World Cup is vaccinated,” said Minister Mohammed ben Abderrahmane Al-Thani.
“At the moment, programs are taking place to grant vaccination to all participants”, he added during a virtual dialogue organized by the Observer Research Foundation. “We will be able, we hope, to organize an event spared by the Covid”, he continued. To date, 194,930 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in this country of 2.75 million inhabitants. About 1.2 million doses of the vaccine have been administered, according to official data.
Of the 367 deaths recorded since the start of the epidemic, one in five has been caused by the British variant, known to be more virulent. Qatar last week reimposed strict containment measures, banning almost all indoor activity.
Fifa President Gianni Infantino recently said that measures should be adopted during the World Cup to prevent Covid-19 contamination, without giving details. In October, he congratulated Qatar during a visit to Doha for having made progress in preparations for the 2022 World Cup despite the pandemic.