American players Lionel Messi and Neymar will receive COVID-19 vaccines donated by China's Sinovac Biotech in the coming weeks. According to regional football confederation CONMEBOL the statement is confirmed. The entity began distributing vaccines to its 10-member associations after a shipment of 50,000 doses.
CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez "Vaccines for South American football are already arriving. Thank you Sinovac Biotech Ltd. for this gesture of solidarity and for understanding the enormous social and cultural value that football has in the countries of our continent," wrote on Twitter. On the official website of CONMEBOL reads the vaccination programme would prioritise each of the national squads, coaches, officials and other workers taking part in the Copa America. The event to be played in Argentina and Colombia from June 13 to July 10. The doses would also be used to inoculate participants of the region's top club competitions. The vaccination protocol practically guarantees that each dose has a first and last name and that they cannot be diverted or used for people who are not part of the objective of this campaign. The international CONMEBOL tournaments originally scheduled for 2020, the 47th edition of the Copa America was postponed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Barcelona star Messi and Paris Saint-Germain's Neymar will be among the competition's biggest attractions.