The novel Coronavirus pandemic has put human life around the world to a complete halt. As an alarming number of new cases are being confirmed everyday, there are efforts to curb the spread of the virus, such as healthcare officials who are toiling in the front line and citizens who are under lock down. Amidst such crisis, research is going on to develop the vaccine of COVID-19 which will the gateway to cure the deadly virus. While the world is awaiting the vaccine, tennis ace Novak Djokovic is against the idea vaccination!
Even though world sports is now suspended because of the virus outbreak, a COVID-19 vaccine in future may be put to use before a match or even before flying to other countries. In a conversation with his fellow compatriot athletes in a live chat on Facebook, Novak Djokovic is not keen on the usage of vaccine.
“Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel,” the Serbian said in the live chat.
However, decision of a mandatory vaccination before any tennis tournament may put the 32 year old into a dilemma, as he hinted further.
“But if it becomes compulsory, what will happen? I will have to make a decision,” Djokovic continued, “I have my own thoughts about the matter and whether those thoughts will change at some point, I don’t know.”
The Coronavirus crisis caused a major disruption in this year’s tennis activities. The French Open was postponed to 20th Sep, and the Wimbledon, BNP Paribas Open and Miami Open all had met with cancellation.
“Hypothetically, if the season was to resume in July, August or September, though unlikely, I understand that a vaccine will become a requirement straight after we are out of strict quarantine and there is no vaccine yet,” the world no. 1 added.
However according to medical experts, it may take until 2021 to see a COVID-19 vaccine ready for use, which will further raise questions on the possibility of any tennis activities in this calendar year.
Over 2,400,000 positive Coronavirus cases have been confirmed globally, and the death toll has risen to 165,082.