“Everything in its time”: this is Sweden’s response in the fight against the coronavirus. Gatherings of more than 500 people are now banned, universities and high schools closed and telecommuting encouraged, but the time has not yet come to close. A unique strategy, orchestrated by a former anonymous whose lips the country is now suspended: Anders Tegnell, chief epidemiologist at the Swedish Public Health Agency.
The omnipresence of this expert, whose recommendations are followed to the letter by the government, symbolizes a first specificity of the Swedish system. “Traditionally in Sweden, politicians rely more on scientific expertise than on a form of political rhetoric of warfare, partly because we have not had a war for 200 years”, says Johan von Schreeb, head of the Center for Health Research in Disasters at the Karolinska Institute. While Denmark, for example, has closed
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