Biden administration senior officials reportedly spoke with Major League Baseball representatives last week about a one-month delay to the start of the 2021 season while players get vaccinated for COVID-19.
Administration officials told MLB they were confident in their ability to vaccinate players relatively quickly due to the expected introduction of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine, The Athletic reported Wednesday.
Johnson & Johnson was expected to file for FDA approval of its vaccine within a week, per Yahoo Sports.
The MLB Players Association, reportedly out of concern it would be pressured to agree to the delay, opted to schedule its own discussion with administration officials at a later date.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred informed teams Monday the season would start on time, with a Feb. 17 spring training report date and opening day April 1. That was announced after the player’ association rejected a proposal to delay the season’s start.
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