Atlético-MG second Brazilian club to take ‘Conmebol vaccines’

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Belo Horizonte-based football club Atlético Mineiro will be the second Brazilian team to receive Covid-19 vaccine shots in Paraguay, where South American football governing body Conmebol is administering 50,000 doses donated by Chinese lab Sinovac.

Atlético Mineiro arrived in Paraguayan capital Asunción on Wednesday to play a Copa Libertadores match against local giants Cerro Porteño. The club plans to vaccinate its entire delegation, including players and staff. Earlier this month, Atlético Goianiense became the first Brazilian side to receive shots from Conmebol, before playing a match against Libertad in the same city. 

Conmebol has been at the center of controversy over allegations that it is “cutting in line” for vaccines. Furthermore, the confederation has consistently pushed for the continuation of South American football during the pandemic.