Argentina and Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi is not only known for his exploits on the pitch, but also for big heart off it as seen by the charitable causes he is involved in and the way he ensures that he helps the underprivileged.
The 33-year-old is at it again as a report in Guardian states that he has helped obtain 50,000 Covid vaccines from China, in order to inoculate all of South America’s football players before this summer’s Copa América tournament.
As per the report, the deal with the Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac was secured after Messi donated three autographed sweatshirts. Some of the 50,000 vaccines are going to Argentina’s 26 male first division teams, with Conmebol official Gonzalo Belloso confirming that is the idea on the table at the moment.
Sinovac’s directors manifested their admiration for Lionel Messi, who kindly sent us three shirts for them,” tweeted the Conmebol official Gonzalo Belloso.
Some of the 50,000 vaccines are going to Argentina’s 26 male first division teams, with Conmebol official Gonzalo Belloso confirming that is the idea on the table at the moment, "The idea is to vaccinate all of Argentina’s first division teams. We want all football players to be inoculated before the Copa América because any of them could be called to play.”
Conmebol official are understood to be in negotiations with Argentina to obtain an exception for football players, though nothing has been confirmed as of now.