Brazilian football club says it plans to buy vaccines for players, fans and officials with paid membership.
Brazilian top-flight football club Athletico Paranaense said it wants to purchase COVID-19 vaccines and make them accessible to officials, players as well as fans, together with paid memberships, at no cost.
Earlier this week, Brazil’s Congress passed a law allowing private companies to purchase vaccines and if it comes into force Athletico said they’d buy them, in conjunction with other businesses.
The Curitiba-based club, that won the Copa Sudamericana in 2018, said on Thursday it would make the vaccines available”for all their employees, players, backroom staff and [members] who are helping by paying their monthly membership dues during the pandemic, even though they can’t go to the stadium”.
Athletico didn’t state how many members they have but media reports put the figure at between 20,000 and 30,000 before the pandemic.
Brazil hit hard
The club’s monthly memberships, which are very similar to season tickets in Europe, are priced between 75 Brazilian real ($13.5) and 350 real ($62.9).
“Athletico invites all institutions involved in football to also do their part to help the country beat the COVID-19 pandemic,” the club added in a statement.
Brazil was hit hard by the pandemic with officials reporting a listing daily death toll of 4,249 on Thursday.
More than 345,000 individuals have died from the virus in South America’s most populous nation.
Brazil is leading the world in the daily average amount of new deaths reported because of the coronavirus.
The World Health Organization acknowledged that the nation’s dire illness due to coronavirus, saying the nation is in a really critical condition having an overwhelmed healthcare system.