Copa América players’ vaccination will not be mandatory – Brazil’s health minister

After Colombia and Argentina withdrew from hosting the competition, Brazil has been criticized for offering to hold the event at a time when the country is registering high rates of infection and death from Covid-19.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga on Monday said that vaccination of players taking part in the Copa América will not be mandatory, noting that the competition matches will occur without the presence of public and in a "controlled sanitary environment."

"The vaccine issue is not mandatory. Whoever is vaccinated, the better, but there won't be a greater effort to vaccinate these athletes now, because the vaccine could cause some kind of reaction and this could somehow compromise the competitive pace of players, "he said.

After Colombia and Argentina withdrew from hosting the competition,

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