Virus outlier Sweden passes grim COVID-19 milestone

Sweden which has stood out among European nations for its comparatively hands-off response to the pandemic, has passed the threshold of 15,000 deaths with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to official figures released Tuesday. Thomas Linden of the National Board of Health and Welfare, told Swedish public radio that it was difficult to say whether Sweden has […]

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Sweden eyes giving third COVID vaccine dose to more people

FILE PHOTO: People wait to get a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a night club which was turned into a mass vaccination center, in Stockholm, Sweden, April 16, 2021. Carl-Olof Zimmerman/TT News Agency/via REUTERS STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden is looking into giving a third dose COVID vaccine to a larger part of the population over fears that the […]

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Sweden resumes use of AstraZeneca jab for seniors

Sweden’s Public Health Agency on Thursday announced it was resuming use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after it was put on pause over blood clot fears, but limited it to seniors. Following other European countries, Sweden suspended vaccinations with the AstraZeneca jab in mid-March following reports of severe blood clots potentially linked to the vaccine. Last week the EU drugs regulator […]

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Sweden and Japan are paying the price for COVID-19 exceptionalism

One of the most striking things about the COVID-19 pandemic is just how dramatically different the responses have been from country to country. In early 2020, when little was known about the virus, this difference was unsurprising. Today, with tens of thousands of research articles and cases of best practice to learn from, one would expect to see more convergence. […]

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