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Qatar to require World Cup spectators be fully vaccinated

The four-week World Cup tournament will hold all of its matches in full stadiums.
In this handout image supplied by Qatar 2022, this artist's impression represents Qatar Foundation Stadium. Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

Qatar said on Sunday that spectators for the 2022 World Cup must be fully vaccinated, with Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani saying the Gulf country is taking the precaution to ensure the monthlong football competition remains safe for fans.

“When the date of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 comes, most countries of the world will have vaccinated and immunized their citizens,” Sheikh Khalid said Sunday, as quoted by state news agency QNA. “Due to the possibility that some countries will not be able to vaccinate all their citizens, Qatar will not allow fans to enter stadiums without receiving a full vaccination against the virus.”

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