Qatar will only allow vaccinated spectators to attend 2022 World Cup

Qatar will only allow people who have been injected with the full Covid-19 vaccine to attend the 2022 World Cup, Qatar's prime minister has said.

UMMATIMES - Qatar is also in talks to secure one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine if global immunization efforts fall behind.

The Gulf Arab nation will host the four-week tournament in November 2022 and the president of global football body FIFA said matches would be held in full stadiums.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani said that while most countries were expected to vaccinate their citizens by then, Qatar was still taking steps to ensure a successful event.

"We are currently negotiating with a company to provide one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to immunize and vaccinate some of those who come to Qatar," he said in remarks also carried by state news agency QNA on Sunday evening, without disclosing the company. , quoted from Reuters, June 21, 2021.

It was not immediately clear how the vaccine would be offered. Most coronavirus vaccines require two doses given several weeks apart.

Qatari officials have previously said they hope to hold a coronavirus-free tournament and plan to provide vaccinations for participants who have not been immunized.

Qatar inoculated its citizens and residents with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which as of this writing have delivered at least 2.8 million doses, enough to vaccinate about 50.8% of its population, according to Reuters Covid-19 tracking data.

Sheikh Khalid said the 2021 Arab Cup, hosted by Doha in December, would reflect Qatar's readiness to host a major tournament.

He said a large number of Qatar's stadiums had been completed and work was continuing on three stadiums including the Lusail Stadium, which will host the 2022 World Cup final and is now 90% complete.