Qatar to require fans at 2022 World Cup to be vaccinated
Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani told Qatar newspaper editors that the Gulf nation is trying to secure a million vaccine doses to immunise fans wanting to watch the tournament.
“When the date of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 comes, most countries of the world will have vaccinated and immunised their citizens," Sheikh Khalid was quoted as saying by state media on Sunday.
“Due to the possibility that some countries will not be able to vaccinate all their citizens, Qatar will not allow fans to enter stadiums without receiving a full vaccination against the virus.”
Qatar has recorded 585 deaths and 220,800 cases during the pandemic. The Middle East's first World Cup is due to start Nov. 21, 2022.
“We are currently negotiating with a company to provide one million vaccine doses against the coronavirus for the immunization of those coming to the FIFA World Cup Qatar,” Sheikh Khalid said. "Our primary goal in vaccinating the unvaccinated is to protect the public health of citizens and residents.”
FIFA and Qatar World Cup organizers had no immediate comment expanding on the prime minister’s remarks.