Qatar’s Prime Minister has announced that only the people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed to attend next year’s FIFA World Cup. Qatar is also in talks to secure one million Covid-19 vaccines to immunise those people visiting the country for the World Cup.
Prime minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani has informed that while most countries were expected to have vaccinated their citizens by then, Qatar will still be taking precautionary measures in case global immunisation efforts lag. “When the time of FIFA World Cup 2022 comes, most countries of the world would have vaccinated their citizens. Therefore, we are currently negotiating with a company to provide one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in order to immunize and vaccinate some of those coming to Qatar,” the Prime Minister was reportedly quoted as saying.
“Our primary goal in vaccinating some of the people coming to Qatar to attend the 2022 World Cup is to protect the public health of citizens and residents, as well as to protect the fans participating in the tournament. Most of the stadiums, part of the mega sport event, have been completed and they are ready to host matches,” he added. The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is scheduled to be held between November 21 and December 18.