During a Tuesday conference call with league general managers, NBA commissioner Adam Silver suggested that players could start receiving the coronavirus vaccine in late March and early April.
The league will share with teams an expectation of 70 to 100 million vaccine doses likely distributed by mid-March.
Silver also mentioned that the COVID-19 testing process and any potential quarantine periods could be loosened for players who choose to be vaccinated.
According to ESPN, those measures would be consistent with CDC recommendations.
The NBA has lost 30 games to virus-related postponements this season, at it just postponed Tuesdays game between the San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, where multiple Spurs players tested positive.
San Antonio will not play their next four games, and since Charlotte played them on Friday, they will be forced to miss their next two games.
The NBA had five new positive COVID-19 tests out of the 454 players tested since February 10th, and league had returned just one positive test over the previous three weeks.
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