danish national board of health admits vaccinating kids for covid was a mistake
there's something spicy in denmark
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.
and this is truly gorgeous:
As the National Board of Health itself has expressed that there were many uncertainties about whether it was the right decision, she also believes that the board should have adjusted the strength of their campaign. She urges the board to reconsider whether there was really a reason to "put so much pressure on the parents" to get the children vaccinated:
- In addition, children were made responsible for the health of their parents and grandparents. That, I think, is unreasonable, says Christine Stabell Benn and continues:
- I think there are a lot of parents left out there who say, "What was this all about?" There are many parents who have really struggled to get their children dragged down to the vaccination center, but to what use?
because this is really the crux, isn’t it? the pressure campaigns around these vaccines have been a disgrace. “your vaccine protects me” was always rank falsehood. they were never sterilizing and this became apparent near instantly. the vaccinated contracted, carried, and spread covid every bit as much and almost certainly more than the unvaxxed.
that should have stopped the whole thing dead.
but it didn’t.
they kept pushing it like it stopped contagion. they pivoted to “your vaccine protects the hospitals” that had all nearly gone out of business (and would have without massive covid subsidy) because their utilization rates were so low.
they kept shaming and blaming children for being plague rats threatening their teachers and parents and grammas. this was not only never true, but vaccines could not mitigate it anyway. using kids as human shields is bad enough, but using them as fake one to make a buck and assuage the inflamed panic of the neurocracy is beyond reprehensible.
and it’s good to see more and more nations coming to their senses.
because these parents were right. such policy is an abomination.
Now, almost a year after the recommendations for vaccines for children, she is particularly concerned that the parents of almost 60 percent of the children in the age groups in question declined the authorities' offer.
- One must imagine that the 60 percent have been in a big dilemma. And I may well be worried about whether the families have now had a lack of trust in the authorities, which we otherwise in Denmark have a high degree of trust in, says Bolette Friderichsen, who is also chairman of the Danish Society for General Medicine, to TV 2.
the parents were right, the doctors were wrong, and now public health is catching up to what mom and dad caught right off the bat: this smells like a rat.
but no one is perfect and even in denmark there is still going to be the next shoe of honesty to drop:
Message from Brostrøm
Allan Randrup Thomsen, professor of experimental virology at the University of Copenhagen, supports the new announcement from the National Board of Health and says that "it probably did not make much sense" to let the youngest be vaccinated, with the knowledge we have today.
- But what we have to hold on to is that there has been no damage from it. It was more of a misinterpretation of the situation at the time, which we among professionals will discuss for a long time, he says to TV 2.
that last comment is going to age like a louisiana bait bucket left in an outhouse.
the damage was, is, and will be real. the only real question is “how much and how permanent?”
but this is still progress and a great many EU nations are banning these vaccines for kids.
this is going it make it harder and harder for the US and FDA to stand by the policy course they have set.
the cracks are appearing everywhere.
this water is FAR too hot.
and señor frog, he’s about to jump out.
Right at the time? A medication of a type never before used widely in human recommended to the entire population of people who have their reproductive years ahead of them? Recommending to all folks who had < 20 expected life years remaining was one thing, recommending to all young people with no long term safety data was about as reckless as can be fathomed.
As a swede, let me say one thing for my southern cousins: they are not stupid. Look at the size of Denmark. Look where it's situated. Look at their history - surrounded by larger and historically aggressive and expansionist neighbours, and yet here they are. You don't get to be a small nation with few resources and a small population and still be independent for a 1 000 years if you're not a clever git.
The dane may look like a pleasant happy-go-lucky farmer, but that farmer is so firmly rooted in the soil of his homeland you might as well wrestle the ground itself.