Jun 20, 2021 - Sports

Qatar will require World Cup attendees to be vaccinated

2018 World Cup match France vs Croatia

Fans watch the FIFA World Cup match France versus Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia on July 15, 2018. Photo: Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Qatar will require fans attending the 2022 World Cup to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

Why it matters: As the Tokyo Olympics has shown, even with the advent of coronavirus vaccines, the pandemic has the ability to wreck havoc on sporting tournaments.

The big picture: "Qatar will not allow fans to enter stadiums without receiving a full vaccination against the virus," Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani told state media Sunday, per AP.

  • The country is trying to secure a million vaccine doses to immunize fans, he added.
  • Qatar has has 585 deaths from COVID-19 and 220,800 cases, per AP.

What they're saying: "Our primary goal in vaccinating the unvaccinated is to protect the public health of citizens and residents," Sheikh Khalid said, according to AP.

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