Argentina and Lionel Messi will be present and participating at the Copa America in the summer, however in order to facilitate that they will have to receive the Chinese Sinovac variation of the COVID-19 vaccine.
As one of the stipulations for participating in the tournament, every member of the team’s playing and coaching staff must be vaccinated.
Tv3 reported on Thursday that the South American Football Confederation has put such rules in place, as explained by the president of Conmebol, Alejandro Dominguez.
“This gives our players and the whole environment one more tool, because we all know that a team isn’t made up of only players, the entire organisation will have the chance to be vaccinated,” Dominguez detailed.
Conmebol has received 50,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine, although given the fact it hasn’t yet been authorised in Argentine, some of the national team may be forced to travel to Uruguay to receive their jab.