On Wednesday this week, Her Royal Highness Crown princess Mary attended physical a meeting. The Crown Princess had scrapped the digital video-calls we are all used to with a rare physical presence when she visited the World Health Organisation’s Regional Director for Europe, and it’s leader, Dr Hans Kluge.
At the meeting, the Crown Princess received a briefing on and a status for the fight against COVID-19 in Denmark and worldwide. The Crown Princess and Dr Kluge also discussed the region’s other health challenges and the importance of ensuring that the Danish health systems adapt to the post-pandemic period.
In the recent months, the Danish Crown Princess has shared several updates on social media and she has publicly expressed that she hopes the Danish people would want to take the vaccine. The Crown Princess is passionate about increasing the focus on public health and improving the health of the people in Denmark and Europe.
Also on Wednesday, the Danish government decided that they would start reopening the country. This goes against the experts’ advice, and has therefore created a lot of political debate in the nation. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced that intend to reopen large parts of the retail trade, and outdoor culture and sports life. As of 30 January, Denmark had registered 198,000 Covid-19 infections and 2,106 deaths.
The Crown Princess has been the patron of the WHO’s Office for the European Region since 2005. WHO works to coordinate international efforts to improve health and living standards. The organisation’s primary task is to strengthen national and local health systems as well as to promote the health of the region’s populations in collaboration with governments, NGOs and other partners.
Previously the Crown Princess has said: “As a mother I want to ensure that my child has every opportunity to grow up healthy, and vaccinated against those diseases that can so easily be controlled. As patron I want to ensure that this opportunity is given to every child in the European Region, and that we also reach those vulnerable groups that continue to exist. It is the right of every child to be immunized.”