Denmark campaign calls for tolerance amid Covid differences

A new campaign by Denmark’s Health Authority asks members of the public to continue to be tolerant and protect each other from Covid-19, despite increasing differences of opinion in society.

Danish Health Authority director Søren Brostrøm at a press briefing last month. Brostrøm has called for mutual understanding amongst the public amid evidence of increasing division over Covdi-19..
Danish Health Authority director Søren Brostrøm at a press briefing last month. Brostrøm has called for mutual understanding amongst the public amid evidence of increasing division over Covdi-19..Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

The director of the Danish Health Authority, Søren Brostrøm, highlighted a phenomenon he termed “corona fatigue” (corona-træthed) as a source of increasing friction between members of the public over pandemic-related issues.

That fatigue should not be allowed to get a firm footing and prevent mutual understanding between people, Brostrøm said.

“We all deal with this corona fatigue differently but we must not let disagreements come between us,” Brostrøm said in a statement.

“There may be good reasons for some people to be more careful than others and, for example, keep a bit more distance. We should have respect for that and pay a little more consideration to the person in front of us in the queue or next to us on the bus. That’s how we’ll get through the winter together,” he said.

According to the authority, an increasing amount of discord is present in society relating to Covid issues such as social distancing, face mask rules and vaccination.

In its press statement, the authority cites Aarhus University’s HOPE project, which has monitored public attitudes and responses to the crisis since the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Researchers involved in the project have found that patience and acceptance with others is wearing thin when it comes to the coronavirus, the health authority said.

Brostrøm said it was important to be able to live together “both during and after the pandemic”.

“It’s fine to make it clear if you are concerned about getting infected or want others not to come too close,” he said.

“We should be alert that we have each other’s lives and wellbeing in our hands, including during this epidemic,” he also said.

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Covid-19 medicine Paxlovid now available in Denmark

Denmark has received its first supply of Paxlovid, an antiviral treatment for Covid-19.

Covid-19 medicine Paxlovid now available in Denmark

A first stock of Paxlovid, a tablet which can be described by doctors to combat Covid-19 symptoms, has been delivered to Denmark, health authorities confirmed in a statement.

“The first delivery has arrived today and the rest will be delivered continuously during the coming period,” the Danish Health Authority said.

Denmark has purchased 40,000 treatment courses of the medicine.

Doctors decide when to prescribe the medicine, which is suitable for adults infected with Covid-19 who are at risk of serious illness with Covid-19. It is taken over a course of five days when symptoms are still mild.

“Treatment with Paxlovid is for the patients who are at greatest risk of serious illness with Covid-19 and the treatment will be an important part of the future management of Covid-19,” the Health Authority said in the statement.

The arrival of a medicine for Covid-19 does not signal the end of vaccination which remains “the most effective measure to prevent serious illness and death,” it said.

Denmark has purchased the Paxlovid supply through a deal with pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

The infectious disease control agency State Serum Institute (SSI) has 2.2 million Covid-19 vaccines which have been in storage for so long that they are no longer usable, news wire Ritzau earlier reported.

The vaccines were purchased when Denmark was acquiring as many as possible during the pandemic but because they are not effective against newer variants of the coronavirus, they can no longer be used.

Another 3.6 million doses in storage at SSI can only be used for the initial two doses for as-yet unvaccinated people – who are now limited in number given Denmark’s high vaccine uptake. This means they are unusable in the current booster programme.

The cost of the 5.8 million vaccines is estimated at between 116 and 783 million kroner.