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Qatar: Only Those Vaccinated Can Attend FIFA World Cup

  • Publish date: Monday، 21 June 2021
Qatar: Only  Those Vaccinated Can Attend FIFA World Cup
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Qatar’s prime minister said the country will only allow people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend next year's World Cup.

The FIFA World Cup host is in talks to secure one million doses in case global immunisation efforts lag according to the prime minister.

The country hosts the four-week tournament in November 2022 and the president of global football body FIFA has said the matches would be held in full stadiums.

"We are currently negotiating with a company to provide one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in order to immunise and vaccinate some of those coming to Qatar," he said in remarks also carried by state news agency QNA late on Sunday, without identifying the firm.

It was not immediately clear how those vaccines would be offered. Most coronavirus vaccines require two doses administered weeks apart.

Sheikh Khalid said the 2021 Arab Cup, which Doha is hosting in December, would reflect Qatar's preparedness to host major tournaments.

He said a large number of stadiums had been completed and work continued on three stadiums, including Lusail Stadium, which will host the final match of World Cup 2022 and was now 90 per cent complete.

Qatar has administered at least 2.8 million doses, enough to vaccinate about 50.8 per cent of its population, according to a Reuters COVID-19 tracker.