The dead vaccine will not be available until 2022 at the earliest, “and there is no indication that it has any advantages over the current vaccines,” said Mückstein. The vaccines currently available are all safe and have already been vaccinated billions of times.
There is also “Long Covid” among young people and athletes. “And we also have almost 30-year-olds in the intensive care unit, that’s not how it is,” warned Mückstein the 28-year-old. Thiem had recently announced that he would use another vaccine if necessary in order to be able to participate in the Australian Open.
No exception for unvaccinated people at the Australian Open
A vaccination will be absolutely necessary for Thiem to start in Australia. The state of Victoria has confirmed that it will not give unvaccinated players a special permit to participate in the Australian Open in Melbourne. “We will not apply for an exemption. So the matter is basically settled, ”said Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews.
In doing so, he rejected a previously made announcement by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. He had stated that players who had not been vaccinated against the corona virus were allowed to enter the country if they received an exemption including a two-week quarantine. The host state Victoria must apply for this on their behalf, said Morrison.
Participation of Djokovic open
At the beginning of the week, a message from the women’s professional association WTA leaked, according to which unvaccinated people could also take part in the major tournament in January, provided they were to go into a two-week quarantine beforehand. The host state Victoria has now ruled that out again.
If it stays that way, a few aces in Melbourne are likely to be missing. Because according to ATP and WTA information, only a good 60 percent of players are currently vaccinated. The convalescent Thiem had stated two weeks ago that he was waiting for a vaccine that, in my opinion, was more suitable. Defending champion Novak Djokovic recently left his participation open, the Serb does not provide any information about his vaccination status.