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

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 Wednesday
Denmark's constitution displayed at the Christiansborg parliament on Tuesday. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark to receive up to 100,000 fewer doses of Pfizer vaccine in first quarter

As first reported last week, Pfizer has warned of a reduction in the number of doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to Denmark and other countries in the immediate future, as a result of work to expand capacity it the company’s factory in Belgium.

That will result in the delivery of 85,000-100,000 fewer doses than previously expected in Denmark during the first quarter of 2021, according to Danish infectious disease agency State Serum Institute.

We’ll have a full report later this morning.

READ ALSO: 'We are disappointed and frustrated:' Denmark's reaction to reduced vaccine deliveries

Homeless prioritised in vaccine rollout

The government has confirmed it will place homeless people among those given priority for Covid-19 vaccines, after calls from charities and officials to care for the vulnerable group.

Those in the group but not deemed to be particularly at risk will still be “given priority before the general population”, the Ministry of Social Affairs said in a statement.

Around 6,500 homeless people live in Denmark.

Here’s the story in full.

Test positivity for rapid Covid-19 tests remains under 1 percent

Tuesday saw a total of 157 people test positive for Covid-19 using the rapid tests offered by private providers at various locations in Denmark. The rapid tests are free to the public, but not included in the overall daily infection numbers because they can overlap with the regular PCR tests (the same person can take both tests).

Yesterday’s result is the seventh consecutive day the rapid tests have returned positive results in under 1 percent of cases. 23,300 people were tested.

The tests are more likely to give false negative results than PCR tests, but are accurate if they come back positive.

Supreme court to rule on ‘asylum spray’ racism case

The Danish Supreme Court will today rule on whether the country’s anti-racism laws were broken by three men who handed out cans of hair spray marked ‘asylum spray’ and flyers in Haderslev in 2016. The flyers accused asylum seekers of harassing women and hinted the sprays could be used as weapons against them, according to earlier reports.

The men, from the now-defunct extremist far-right group Danskernes Parti, have already been found guilty in district and high courts.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France and the release of the inquiry into the 2020 mink scandal are Denmark's headline news this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Tour de Denm—uh, France 

It’s an overcast day in Copenhagen for the Grand Départ, the official kickoff of the Tour de France, at 4 p.m. Don’t be fooled when the clouds briefly part midmorning — they’ll be back with a vengeance later this afternoon with the potential to drizzle on late finishers of the time trial (including frontrunner Tadej Podegar, who’s expected to finish about 7:10 p.m.). The Danish Meteorological Institute has put out a warning  for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for the Copenhagen area from 6-11 p.m. 

A poncho would be in order if you’re planning to watch the riders in person today, and make contingency plans for any outdoor celebrations. 

READ ALSO: Five great spots to see the Tour de France in Denmark 

How to watch the trials 

Danish streaming platform TV2 will host coverage of the Tour, as will Discovery+ in Denmark. 

If you’re watching abroad, the United States offers a selection of streaming services — the USA channel will provide live coverage, through NBC, you’ve got Peacock (their proprietary streaming platform), NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. 

In the UK, ITV4 and the ITV Hub streaming service are free to watch. 

How to get around in Copenhagen today 

Between street closures, sporadically-open pedestrian crossings, and throngs of fans, trying to get from point A to point B in downtown Copenhagen will be a challenge today. 

The Tour de France team has provided an interactive map (here’s the English version) to help you navigate, including information on those pedestrian crossings of the route, public toilets, and hydration stations (though with the rain, that might be redundant). 

READ ALSO: How will the Tour de France affect traffic and travel in Denmark? 

….and a harsh mink report for Mette Frederiksen 

If all this cycling news leaves you asking, ‘but what about the mink?’, you’ll be thrilled to learn the independent commission tasked with investigating government decisions surrounding the 2020 culling of millions of the weasel-like animals has released its final report. It’s a monster at almost 2,000 pages. 

The commission finds fault with prime minister Mette Frederiksen, who, they say, made “grossly misleading” statements about the legal basis of the mink cull at a November 2020 press conference. 

The report says 10 officials, largely department heads from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment and Food, the National Police, and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, should be held accountable. 

On the hot seat are Barbara Bertelsen, head of the prime minister’s department, and Mogens Jensen, former minister of food, agriculture, and fisheries.

The decision to cull the mink fell under Jensen’s purview and the commission found Jensen was aware the government had no legal authority and lied to parliament about it. Jensen resigned just two weeks after the decision was made. 

READ ALSO: Danish PM ‘grossly misled’ during mink announcement 

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