Spain’s Health Minister, Carolina Darias, said on Wednesday that the Country’s squad for the Euro 2020 tournament will be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the commencement of the tournament.
The sudden decision came after Spain defender, Diego Llorente became the second player to test positive for Covid-19, after the same had happened to captain Sergio Busquets on Sunday.
Since Sunday, the Spanish squad for the tournament had been in isolation.
Darias said “We are going to vaccinate all the players in the Spanish squad with the (two-dose) Pfizer vaccine administered by the armed forces.”
The announcement of this additional measure against the virus came after management of the team said it had set up a “parallel” squad of 17 reserves who may have to play if infections spread among its players.
Sweden’s Euro 2020 squad has also been hit by infections, with two players, forward Dejan Kulusevski and midfielder, Mattias Svanberg, testing positive, its federation said Tuesday.
Alvaro Fernandez (Huesca), Oscar Mingueza (Barcelona), Marc Cucurella (Getafe), Bryan Gil (Eibar), Juan Miranda (Betis), and Gonzalo Villar (Roma/ITA) are part of the Spain backup squad.
Others are Alejandro Pozo (Eibar), Brahim Diaz (AC Milan/ITA), Martin Zubimendi (Real Sociedad), Yeremy Pino (Villarreal), Javi Puado (Espanyol), and Rodrigo Moreno (Leeds/ENG), Pablo Fornals (West Ham/ENG), Carlos Soler (Valencia), Brais Mendez (Celta Vigo), Raul Albiol (Villarreal), and Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea/ENG).