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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
Firefighters at Bjørnemose Gods on Monday. Photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix

Second doses of Covid-19 vaccine to be delayed, increasing reach

Health officials have confirmed that administration of the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will now be separated by up to six weeks, allowing more people to receive a first injection.

“So far we have said that there should be three to four weeks between each injection, but you can easily wait up to six weeks,” director of the Danish Health Authority Søren Brostrøm said.

“This way, we will be able to vaccinate more people now,” Brostrøm added.

More on this story here.

Vaccination centres open across the country

All five healthcare regions in Denmark have now opened vaccination centres at which people can attend to receive the Covid-19 vaccine once they have receive an invitation to do so.

This means that Denmark is now offering vaccines to some sections of the public, and not just care home residents and frontline healthcare staff, who were in the highest priority group.

Persons over the age of 65 who receive care and help in their own homes are the first members of the public who will be invited.

Residents in Denmark will receive notification via the Eboks secure digital mail system when they can receive the vaccine.

You can read more about Denmark’s Covid-19 vaccination strategy here.

New Covid-19 test to detect B117 variant

Coronavirus test centres will from next week begin efforts to directly detect the B117 variant of the virus. The more contagious form was first reported in southeast England and has now infected at least 86 people in Denmark, and likely several times more.

Experts in Denmark have called for monitoring of the variant to be scaled up due to concerns on the impact it could have on national infection rates.

“SSI [national infectious disease agency, ed.] has developed a PCR [antigen] test which can detect the new mutation… it is being set up by (operator) Testcenter Danmark and will run from next week,” SSI researcher Anders Fomsgaard told DR.

READ ALSO: How widespread is more contagious variant of Covid-19 in Denmark?

Major fire at Funen historical attraction

A major fire broke out on Monday afternoon at Bjørnemose Gods, a historical country manor built in 1854 near Svendborg on Funen (Fyn), Denmark’s second-largest island.

The fire was brought under control by Monday evening but the main building was left “more or less burned down”, Funen Police senior officer Milan Holck Nielsen told Ritzau early on Tuesday.

The main building at the manor was severely damaged in the blaze, which originated in a chimney before spreading to the roof, the news wire writes based on local reports. Nobody was hurt in the fire.

Danish vocabulary

  • At tilbyde, et tilbud – to offer, an offer
  • At påvise – to detect (via a test)
  • Gods – estate, manor

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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Three million Danes 'underdosed' with original Covid vaccine, the energy company shutting down its phone lines, and a Dane at the US January 6th hearings are among the top news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Three million Danes ‘underdosed’ with Covid vaccine 

An investigation by broadcaster DR has revealed that three million people vaccinated for Covid-19 in Denmark between May 2021 and May 2022 didn’t receive a full dose. 

Despite repeated warnings by the State Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency, the Danish Health Authority instructed vaccination sites to draw an extra dose from vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. That means people received ten percent less than the dose approved by the European Medicines Agency, according to an experiment by the Danish Technological Institute. 

Studies as to whether people who received an underdose were more likely to catch Covid-19 or suffer serious outcomes are ongoing. 

READ MORE: Covid-19: Danish authorities ‘not concerned’ after new subvariant detected

Danish energy provider, overwhelmed by calls, closes phone lines 

If you’ve been struggling to get through to Andel Energi with a question about your bill, you’re in good company — under a deluge of calls, the company has taken to closing its phone lines when the queue becomes too long. 

“We’re geared up to answer 4,500 customers a day, but at the moment we’re getting over 2,000 calls an hour,” Rasmus Avnskjold, Andel Energi’s press officer, tells newswire Ritzau. 

The phone lines open as normal every morning, Avnskjold explains. Most callers are given the opportunity to request a ‘callback’ when a representative is available so they don’t spend hours on hold, and when that queue stretches past what Andel Energi figures they can handle in a day the line is closed. Customers are asked to call back the following day. 

The deluge of calls is due in no small part to the winter aid package passed by Parliament — it’s up to companies to administer the ‘price freeze’ scheme mandated by the government, which will allow customers to pay excess bills back over the next several years. 

READ MORE: How much will electricity tax cut save bill payers in Denmark? 

Danish documentarian will be questioned by US January 6th Committee

Denmark will have a brief cameo in the United States’ investigation of the storming of Congress on January 6th, 2021. 

Christoffer Guldbrandsen, a Danish journalist and documentarian, will share video and testify as to what happened at the Willard Hotel in D.C., where top Trump advisors gathered in the days before the attack. Guldbrandsen has followed Roger Stone, the longtime conservative political consultant and Trump advisor who was convicted of obstruction of justice in the Mueller probe, for two years. 

Guldbrandsen is set to appear before the Committee on Wednesday. 

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