Denmark’s health chief cuts own hair and sends cash to barber

The head of Denmark's health service posted a picture of himself with a new military-style buzzcut on social media on Sunday, before admonishing Danes to, like him, cut their own hair and then send the money to their hairdressers.

Denmark's health chief cuts own hair and sends cash to barber
Søren Brostrøm, Director General of the Danish Health Authority, cut his own hair with electric clippers. Photo: Søren Brostrøm
“I cut my own hair with a machine, and it's a bit uneven at the back,” Søren Brostrøm, Director General of the Danish Health Authority wrote on Twitter. 
“I felt bad for my hairdresser Alaa-Eddine, who has shut down his business, but who will at least get the bonus of fixing skew-whiff haircuts when he opens again. So I sent him what I usually pay him over MobilePay.” 
Brian Mikkelsen, Director General of the Danish Chamber of Commerce saluted Brostrøm for his public spriritedness. 
“It's very noble, what Brostrøm is suggesting,” he said. “If you  withdraw from contact like this nad use the money you save to sso that you still have a business to go to to have your hair cut of buy your clothes.” 
He said that when he himself needed a trim, he aimed to follow Brostrøm's example. 
“We need small, independent busineses in Denmark. It's not just haridressers, but menswear stories and other indepdendents which  are part of our culture in Denmark. It's important that we all back them up.” 

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Did Sweden’s state epidemiologist really get a big job at the WHO?

For his supporters, it was well-deserved, for his detractors a case of failing upwards. But when Sweden's Public Health Agency announced this month that state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell was taking a job at the World Health Organisation, both sides assumed it was true.

Did Sweden's state epidemiologist really get a big job at the WHO?

Now, it seems, the job might not be there after all. 

At the start of this month, Sweden’s Public Health Agency announced that Anders Tegnell was resigning to take up a post coordinating vaccine work with the World Health Organisation in Geneva. 

“I’ve worked with vaccines for 30 years and have at the same time always been inspired by international issues,” Tegnell said in the release. “Now I will have the chance to contribute to this comprehensive international work.”

During the first and second waves of the Covid-19 pandemic, Tegnell shot immediately from obscurity into the spotlight, gaining such celebrity status in Sweden that one fan had his profile tattooed onto his arm.

Internationally he was hailed by lockdown sceptics for his reasoned arguments against overly restrictive measures to control the spread of the virus. 

His new WHO appointment was reported all over the world. 

But on Tuesday, the Svenska Daglabdet newspaper revealed that the job had not yet been awarded. A spokesperson for the WHO said at a press conference in Geneva that “there is some confusion”, and that “this is an internal question.” 

According to the newspaper, there is even “a certain level of irritation” behind the scenes at the WHO that Sweden acted too soon and dispatched Tegnell to a job that did not actually exist yet. 

“We have received an offer from Sweden, which is still under discussion,” the organisation’s press spokesperson, Fadela Chaib, told the newspaper. 

On Thursday, the Public Health Agency’s press chief Christer Janson conceded that there had been a mistake and that the negotiation had not been completed.  

“We believed it was done, but it wasn’t,” he told Expressen in an interview. “It’s been a much longer process to get this completed than we thought. There’s been a misunderstanding and we regret that.”