“Although the vaccines are good, there is something here that indicates that they are not quite as good as we would like”, Viggo Andreasen said.
“As such, these figures are not a disaster, but if they continue to rise in the coming days, then it points in the direction that we must do something”, Roskilde University epidemiologist Viggo Andreasen told TV2.
“When you look at it in absolute numbers, there are a lot of vaccinated people who are infected because they make up the largest part of the population. We have always known that vaccines do not protect 100 percent. When assessing the protection of a vaccine, there are several parameters to look at. It can be protection against death, illness, or infection. The vaccines have a good effect against death and hospitalisations, but you can still be infected to a certain extent”, Allan Randrup Thomsen told Danish Radio.
Per State Serum Institute chief physician Tyra Grove Krause, the Danish population may even need a little reminder that coronavirus actually still exists.
“As all restrictions have been lifted, everyday life is running completely normal again. It appears as if COVID-19 has gone into oblivion”, Krause told TV2.
If the trend from recent days continues, Viggo Andreasen argued that it could make sense to focus on further tests and isolation of infected people, as was done earlier in the pandemic.
“We have decided that we must live with some COVID-19 infection in society. But there are limits to how much infection there can be before it starts to wear out the health service”, Viggo Andreasen said.
In mid-September Denmark removed all restrictions, some of which had been in place for nearly 550 days, citing high vaccination rates and becoming one of the first European nations to do so. The Danish government reported that it no longer saw COVID as a “socially-critical disease”. Among other things, the face mask requirement was abolished and COVID passports, which Denmark was the first to introduce six months ago as proof of vaccination, are no longer required. The said passports sparked vocal protests that led to clashes with police and numerous arrests.