Conmebol announced on Tuesday the donation by the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac of 50,000 doses of vaccines against Covid-19 planned for the teams participating in the main men’s and women’s tournaments of the highest authority in South American football, an agreement whose management thanked the President of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou.
“This is a concrete endorsement by the Chinese firm to the holding of the CONMEBOL Copa América and the other South American football competitions,” the agency explained in a statement.
In this regard, the president of Conmebol, Alejandro Domínguez, said that “this is the best news that the South American football family can receive.”
“It is a huge step forward in defeating the COVID-19 pandemic, but it does not in any way mean that we are letting our guard down. We will maintain our responsible work, which allowed us to conclude our tournaments smoothly and without altering the formats,” Domínguez said, quoted in the statement.
The head of Conmebol expressed his gratitude for “this great gesture of solidarity and support from the Sinovac company, which understood that soccer is a fundamental activity for the economy, culture and physical and mental health of South Americans.”
Likewise, Domínguez thanked Lacalle and the Uruguayan authorities “for the quick and efficient management of this achievement that is unprecedented in world football.”
“The Presidency of Uruguay, in its clear commitment to support sport, selflessly offered its good offices to mediate before Sinovac Biotech Ltd. No other confederation in the world has managed to have the immunizers available to start a massive vaccination process,” he added. Dominguez.
Conmebol indicated that logistics and operational details of the vaccination process will be released “in a timely manner in coordination with the Member Associations.”
Last Friday, preceding the draw for the Copa Libertadores and Sudamericana phases, Domínguez recalled that Conmebol was the first confederation to suspend the championships to prioritize health and, at the same time, the first to return to the fields thanks to a homogeneous protocol and supported by the governments of all associations.