Qatar will require spectators at the 2022 FIFA World Cup to receive coronavirus vaccines to enter the games, the government said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani told a Qatar newspaper editor that the Gulf state was trying to provide a million doses of vaccine to immunize fans who wanted to watch the tournament.
“When the date comes for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, most countries around the world will be vaccinated and their citizens immunized,” Sheikh Khaled was quoted as saying by state media on Sunday. vaccinate all its citizens, Qatar will not allow fans to enter stadiums without receiving a full vaccination against the virus. “
Qatar reported 585 deaths and 220,800 during the pandemic. The first World Cup in the Middle East is scheduled to begin on November 21, 2022.
“We are currently negotiating with a company to provide one million doses of coronavirus vaccines to immunize those who come to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup,” said Sheikh Khaled. “Our main goal in vaccinating the unvaccinated is to protect the public health of citizens and residents.”
The organizers of the FIFA World Cup and Qatar did not have an immediate comment, expanding the remarks of the Prime Minister.