Will There Be a Reckoning Over Sweden’s Disastrous ‘Herd Immunity’ Strategy?

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven gives a news conference on new restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Stockholm, Sweden, Nov. 11, 2020  (TT photo by Henrik Montgomery via AP).
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven gives a news conference on new restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Stockholm, Sweden, Nov. 11, 2020 (TT photo by Henrik Montgomery via AP).

This past spring, as the coronavirus pandemic was tightening its grip across the globe, I wrote about Sweden’s controversially relaxed response to COVID-19, describing it as more of a failure than a panacea. Still, I conceded, “the final judgement on Sweden’s unorthodox approach cannot be rendered until the crisis moves into the history books,” even if the actions of Swedish authorities “may ultimately be viewed by future generations of Swedes as a shameful chapter in the country’s history.” I was wrong. We won’t have to wait until the end of the pandemic to know that Sweden’s strategy was a preventable […]

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