all clips are from THIS article/interview and translated from the danish using google.
throughout covid, we’ve seen the nordic countries if not always get it right, at least try to play it straight on covid. unlike much of the rest of the west, their health agencies seem to enjoy quite a lot of public support and confidence.
wanna see why?
it’s because (gasp!) when they make mistakes, they own up to then and then they (double gasp!) change their course of action.
norway did it on schools, famously stating that closing them was a bad choice.
and now denmark wades in on vaccinating kids.
if you’re an american or a canadian or a brit, you may be a bit disoriented here. this seems inconceivable. but there it is, live in living color: honesty in public health. the mythical beast has been found.
and the hippogriff speaks!
From mid-July last year, the first 12-15-year-old children in Denmark were invited to receive a vaccine against coronavirus. In November, the 5-11-year-olds were also recommended to be vaccinated against the virus.
At the time, it was said that the vaccinations were not predominantly for the children’s own sake, but to ensure epidemic control in Denmark.
When Søren Brostrøm hosted ‘Go’ evening Live ‘on TV 2 on Wednesday night, he was asked if it was a mistake to vaccinate children.
– With what we know today: yes. With what we knew then: no, was the answer.
At the press conference earlier Wednesday, Søren Brostrøm also said that in the spring it was clear that the vaccines were not particularly preventive, but rather prevented serious illness, and that we must therefore now “take the learning further”:
– In retrospect, we did not get much out of the expansion of the vaccination program for children when it comes to epidemic control. But it is seen in hindsight.
and the candor keeps getting, well, more candid.