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The Mink Commission has uncovered that Kåre Mølbak at a meeting with the mink breeders on 2 November mentioned the risk of.
Therefore, the government’s coordination committee was busy managing the situation at its meeting on 3 November. But haste is a burden.
In my interpretation of statements in the Mink Commission, Mølbak is a good technician, but a bad communicator. I can therefore not stop thinking about what the situation would have looked like if there had been a skilled communicator in the role of outgoing spokesperson for SSI. And thus what would it have looked like if SSI’s director Mads Melbye had not been sent home in December 2019? He was first replaced by a new director (Henrik Ullum) in December 2020, after which there has been significantly better control of communication from SSI.
The fact is that in the year when Denmark has historically needed the most well-functioning SSI, we had a wing-shot organization run by a temporary acting director who threw a good technician at the front line as a spokesperson in a national crisis. The repatriation of Melbye created some debate in the spring of 2020 (interested can Google ‘SSI director repatriated’), but the crux of the matter is that Melbye allowed himself and another researcher the opportunity to earn a little extra on some unique research results. And in a social democratic world, it is completely unreasonable for a state-employed scientist to earn more than other state-employed scientists just because he is a little more ingenious.
So pettiness meant that the director was sent home, SSI sailed in the corona’s first year and a random remark at a meeting of the mink breeders’ association led to a scandal that one almost hopes will hit the Social Democrats in the neck with a federal lawsuit against Mette Frederiksen.
The fact that the other researcher was SSI’s head of vaccine development, who subsequently landed at Novo Nordisk, then questions whether the pettiness actually also led to a loss of specialist knowledge, which could have been used in the fight against corona.
The Queen spoke in her New Year’s speech that research must save the world, but unfortunately we in this country are more busy ensuring equality than ensuring better conditions for our very few geniuses. The fact that the repatriation case then cost more in fees to the Chamber Advocate than the two skilled scientists had received in additional payment for their unique inventions just makes the story even more grotesque.
Jan Flodin, Næstved
Source: www.berlingske.dk by www.berlingske.dk.
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