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“the number of vaccinated people dying with covid-19 in Sweden is increasing. Between 1–24 September, seven out of ten of the covid-related deaths were people vaccinated with two doses, according to figures from the Swedish Public Health Agency. The median age of the fully vaccinated who have died since 1 July is 86 years old.” read more
I watched the press conference on Thursday, it was Tegnell looking very tan and relaxed. The journalists were back in person, not spaced out, no masks. The 2 issues seem to be unvaxxed workers at care homes (the idea of mandated vaccines and vax passports has completely lost steam here), and possible boosters. read more
much to my surprise, given previous signalling from Tegnell, Sweden will go ahead with vaccinations for the 12-15 age group. Enter a feisty journalist, who challenged the statement that "20 million children" have received the vaccine worldwide and they have lots of cost-benefit data:
“How many of the 20 million are in the 12-15 age group?”
“I don’t have that data handy.”
“How many children in the 12-15 age group are currently hospitalized?”
“I don’t have that data handy, perhaps a few?”
“No, there are no children in the 12-15 age group hospitalized.” read more
"The only places the use of masks has been required are healthcare environments: hospitals, clinics, etc. They were “recommended" on public transport, first during rush hours and then all the time, but that recommendation fell away earlier this summer." read more
"....good news today! We are getting rid of most of our outstanding restrictions and recommendations - no limits on public gatherings, no limits on the number of people at tables in restaurants, and it is time for people to get back to their offices. They talk about lifting further restrictions in step 5 (the final step), but the only thing that comes to mind are border controls, which seem more political than anything. “C19 is a disease we must learn to live with”. A reminder: no vaxports here and this will make the case for them even weaker..." read more
Tegnell, when pressed about vaccine mandates/passports: “we do not divide society by vaccination status for any other vaccine and we won’t do it for this one. We have seen how divisive this is in other European countries”.
But the government this week: “we are considering them for large concerts and certain professions” - so, as has often been the case, the health authority and government are at odds. read more
"The numbers here are creeping up, but are still relatively low (The smart epidemiologists on Twitter are saying Delta peaks after 5 weeks, I think Sweden is 2 weeks away). No region is reporting a strain on health care. There is an extremely high level of vaccine uptake among the over 50’s (90%) which drops off in the younger age groups... 20% of ICU patients have been vaccinated....Re vaccines for 12-15 year olds - the Health Authority says no, rates of side effects are too high; vaccine passports - also a firm no; boosters - “we haven’t seen a need”...
On a political level the sitting government has asked to extend the authorization to implement emergency pandemic measures for an additional 4 months past September 30th - and could not get support in parliament! " read more
"Once a journalist asked Tegnell if domestic vaccine passports would be a possibility, and Tegnell said NO. He said if cases go up again, we would work together as a community to try to bring them down." read more
We have a population of about 10,230,000, of which about 8,200,000 are eligible for vaccination (over 18)
Of those 8,200,000, 6,365,362 have had their first dose: 77,7%
4,118,142 have had their second dose: 50.3% read more
"All is well here, most of our light restrictions and recommendations have been lifted now. And not a whiff of domestic vaccine passports. Our case rate is 30/100,000, below the 50/100,000 where Tegnell said the crisis would be over." read more
Tegnell said when our numbers get under 50/100,000, it will be “extremely unlikely you will get sick”. We are almost there. read more
Rates plummeting but "the Public Health Authority extended their guidance to "stay apart”, “avoid new contacts", and "work from home" until end of September" read more
Churches, school graduation, and vaccination for children read more
What changes have come now that June 1 is here read more
About in-person school attendance read more
Deborah's comments re an April 19, 2021 piece in the Lancet, re Sweden read more
Limits on numbers allowed in stores read more
Vaccination rates and opening up for larger events read more
Kids and schools read more
Wondering how the numbers in the news line up with Deborah's own experience. read more
About Swedish parks read more
Includes Deborah's summary of Sweden’s Public Health Authority report of the results of 2 studies.read more
Including a vacation trip, and returning to Sweden read more
1. Our chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell now has 24 hour police protection. :-/
2. At the beginning of the pandemic, care homes for the elderly were closed to visitors, while the situation was brought under control. The sharpened routines were better hygiene, better training of staff, fewer staff interacting with each patient, that type of thing. But then a decision was made when the pandemic waned late spring, to allow visitors, as the mental health effects of not allowing visitors was considered a worse health risk than the virus. Elderly who have had both their shots are free to meet people as they choose, and “hug their grandchildren”. The situation concerning the unvaccinated is less clear to me - I believe each care facility has discretion. Hospitals are quite strict here as well. A friend’s mother was in the ICU (not covid) and he couldn’t visit her until the very end of her life, when it was clear she wouldn’t recover.
3. Interesting data on Swedish schools remaining open: basically, there have been less infections among children than seasonal flu; no deaths of the 1.8 million children aged 1-15 who remained in daycare or school.
March 9, 2021
A zoom call with Deborah. It sounds like despite the fact that up to the day of our call Sweden has somewhat fewer covid deaths per million than most other EU countries, Swedish media generally follow the broader international media consensus: that the handling of the pandemic in Sweden has been a shameful disaster. Deborah said that the amount of bullying on twitter seems very similar to that in other countries as well (mostly name-calling), with some tweets saying that Anders Tegnell ought to be brought before the international court of justice for genocide.
See also: supplementary material sent by Deborah