How to prevent the spread of eye infections in the NHL
The NHL has been working on a new vaccine that could help prevent the disease that’s claimed to have wiped out players in recent years.
It has been two years since the NHL launched the Vaccine-Assisted Preventive Health Services program.
But this week, the league announced a new partnership with the Oregon Eye and Ear Infirmary to test and develop a vaccine.
The goal is to get the vaccine to players who might not have previously been vaccinated.
It is a step forward in trying to prevent further eye infections.
“We are very excited to work with Oregon Eye to help develop this vaccine to protect our players and our fans from a disease that we all know is affecting our game,” said Bill Daly, the NHL’s senior vice president for hockey operations.
“This partnership with Oregon offers a great opportunity to address a pressing public health concern.”
The partnership is part of the NHLPA’s “Health and Safety Coalition,” which was formed in 2016 to explore ways to keep players and their families safe.
It was launched to address concerns about a pandemic, with Daly saying in April that the league was committed to fighting “a pandemic in the United States.”
“The NHL is the only sport in the world that is in constant communication with the NHL Players’ Association to ensure that every player and every fan is protected from a potential pandemic,” Daly said.
“We have to make sure our players, coaches and medical personnel have the tools and resources they need to stay safe.”
“It is our job to find a vaccine that is proven, safe, and effective, and to make it available to our players as soon as possible,” Daly added.
The goal is not to replace vaccines or vaccines as we know them, Daly said, but rather to make them more widely available.
“The NHL Players Association is committed to making sure that players are protected, so the NHL players’ association will work with our health care providers to develop and test the Vaccinate-Assistive Health Systems vaccine that will be administered to our league’s players, their families and their teams.”
The NHLPA will have a board of advisors and a medical team that will work closely with the league, Daly added, and will also provide input into the vaccine development process.