Danish govt increases vaccine effort against COVID-19 as daily new cases hit record high

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen

Xinhua News

2nd December 2021 – (Copenhagen) Vaccination and revaccination is the “super weapon” in the fight against COVID-19 and for keeping Denmark open, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told a news conference on Wednesday.

Her comments came as the country’s Statens Serum Institut (SSI) had registered 5,120 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in the last 24 hours, the highest daily infection rate since the start of the pandemic.

“This (infection rate) is also due to the new Omicron variant. We know from previous variants that time is a decisive factor (in controlling the pandemic),” the PM said.

Frederiksen emphasized the importance of a third booster vaccine for the elderly and medical personnel.

“To grandparents, vulnerable people, frontline personnel, and all of you who were vaccinated last winter and in the spring: A very, very strong call to take the third vaccine,” the PM said.

In Denmark, 14.5 percent of the population, or 849,221 people, have so far received a booster vaccine, according to the SSI.

Denmark’s vaccination program for children aged 5 to 11 was launched in November. Calls have been sent to the parents of 135,000 children in this age group, the SSI reported.

“At the moment, we still live in an open society. We must do everything possible to protect it,” Frederiksen said.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Magnus Heunicke announced that seven Danes have been infected with the new Omicron variant, with 16 more suspected cases pending. Last Sunday, two passengers from South Africa were the first to be diagnosed with the new strain in Denmark.

The SSI also reported 14 new COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the national totals to 492,521 confirmed infections and 2,909 deaths.