Mass testing of Danes for coronavirus will be a regular part of everyday life for everyone for some time to come, and we will in all probability get used to being tested several times a week. Only in this way will it be possible to carry out a controlled reopening of society and keep the coronavirus infection in check in the long term.
This is what Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) says in.
»One of my most important messages is that we as Danes must get used to the fact that testing has come to stay, and that we will need to expand it even more. You have to get used to the fact that being tested often – given a couple of times a week – is a fundamental part of the strategy for having a more open society than today, “she says.
Large-scale testing will be the key to avoiding new closures of Denmark. Both in the short term in connection with the impending ‘reopening scenarios in order to gain time in relation to the vaccine’. But probably also in the long run, if the coronavirus – as a number of experts have pointed out – can mutate and thus continue to create challenges despite vaccines.
“It requires an incredible amount of consideration, and we may also have to break down subject boundaries. But both in the short and probably also the longer course, the alternative to massive testing is not that we do not test. The alternative is that we risk society being completely or partially shut down, because the vaccines – with the knowledge we have – cannot stand alone due to the mutations, «says Mette Frederiksen in the interview.
Exactly what kind of test to use, Mette Frederiksen will not dwell on. But she says that creative thinking is needed so that tests can be performed at, for example, workplaces, libraries or petrol stations or even in private homes, depending on what the technology in testing allows. She points out that in addition to PCR tests and lightning tests, tests based on saliva are also being developed that can provide quick answers. And that the way one tests should be as gentle as possible.
“If we want to open the country safely and securely, and if we want it to remain open, testing is a prerequisite, and then we must adapt as well as possible. It requires, I think, that we are all flexible. “
She has no ideological or principled considerations in relation to exactly how the Danes should be tested several times a week.
»I am only concerned with a Denmark that can open – and remain open. And there we have to set our minds on testing becoming the prerequisite – both now and in the longer term, “says Mette Frederiksen.
The announcement of the test is one of several sensational announcements that the Prime Minister makes in a major interview with Berlingske. It can be read in its full length here.
Source: www.berlingske.dk by www.berlingske.dk.
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