Vaccines yes, vaccines no. On Friday, with Italy-Turkey, the traveling edition of Euro 2020 opens with the fear of covid. The positivity of some players, the latest in order of time Sergi Busquets of Spain, has raised the alarm. While respecting a strict protocol, the impossibility of creating a bubble and above all a heterogeneous vaccination campaign keeps the level of risk high. Not all national teams, in fact, have vaccinated their players, creating more than a controversy. Starting from Spain, where, in these hours, chaos reigns. Under accusation Luis Enrique, who has chosen to call up only 24 players (not 26 like the other teams) and the Minister of Health of Carolina Darias, which denied a fast track for the vaccine to Red Furies despite the request of the RFEF, the Spanish Football Federation.
ENGLAND – “The rules are valid for everyone and there is a line to respect” was – more or less – the communication arrived from above. A position also shared by the English and Scottish nationals who refused to undergo the vaccine because they do not want to get ahead of everyone and appear privileged. In Scotland – writes the local press – they did not even welcome Uefa’s invitation to vaccinate players and staff.
BELGIUM, POLAND AND ITALY – In Poland, Lewandowski and his companions were vaccinated, in Italy the blue group was vaccinated with Pfizer (first dose at the beginning of May, second dose three weeks later), in Belgium by decision of the government, the Red Devils received a dose of Johnson & Johnson, to avoid recalls.
SWITZERLAND, FRANCE AND THE NETHERLANDS – In Switzerland, the Swiss Olympic, in recent weeks, has made it known that national athletes can receive the vaccine. Those who wanted to undergo the first dose could do so, but no one was forced to. Speech also valid for the Netherlands, with some players who refused, and for France, where the vaccine is highly recommended but not mandatory. Most of the staff have already been vaccinated and also some players, including Mbappé. Also because Deschamps was clear: “Those who are positive go home”.
AUSTRIA – The doctor of the Austrian national team, Michael Fiedler, has instead not recommended for his players to get vaccinated close to the European Championship in order not to miss some important training due to side effects. However, some Austrian players had vaccinated themselves before leaving for the meeting, in agreement with their respective clubs.