The HUS doctor criticizes "confusing" Covid strategy

Chief Physician of the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS) Asko Järvinen has called for a new Covid hybrid strategy for the government "confusing" During an interview with Yle TV1’s breakfast program Ylen morning.

prime minister Sanna Marin (SDP) announced on Monday that his cabinet has approved a revised strategy that will allow the removal of Covid restrictions once at least 80 percent of the population is fully vaccinated against the virus.

However, Järvinen said Ylen morning that he would have liked the government to have clearer guidance on the division of labor between the various agencies, as well as more specific guidance on testing and tracing.

"There were no concrete decisions on what to do and how to act. No practical measures were taken and the experts’ recommendations and calls for urgent action were ignored," Järvinen said, adding that the new strategy did not, for example, clarify the roles and responsibilities of the government, regional authorities and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

"At the same time, more responsibility was placed on the regions [regional authorities], but the testing strategy and action of schools on how to react if cases are detected in schools is still open. Experts have been informing the Ministry for a long time and have been increasingly concerned," Järvinen said.

If children continue to be tested under the current version of the Covid strategy, he added, it will lead to school closures.

"Since the end of July, THL’s recommendation to test has been that there is no need to apply for double vaccinations [Covid] test unless they are healthcare workers or if exposure is known. This was in stark contrast to the government’s view that action should not be targeted at children and young people." Järvinen said.

Source: The Nordic Page





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