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Qatar wants COVID-free World Cup

Qatar wants COVID-free World Cup
Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. (Reuters)

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Qatar’s foreign affairs minister said on Saturday his country was ready to host the World Cup next year and were in talks with vaccine providers to ensure all attendees were vaccinated, Qatar’s state news agency QNA reported.

“Right now there are programmes under development to provide vaccination to all the attendees of the World Cup. We will be able, hopefully, to host a COVID-free event,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, who is also deputy prime minister.

The president of global soccer body FIFA, Gianni Infantino, said in February that World Cup matches would play to full stadiums in Qatar next year.

Al-Thani said he believed it would be the first carbon-neutral world event, QNA said.

In February, Infantino said he very confident fans would be back and promised the same “magic” in this World Cup.

World Cup players are not a priority group for vaccines against COVID-19, Infantino added. (Reuters)