Europe has been among the hardest-hit parts of the world following the outbreak of the coronavirus. While some European countries opted immediately for a lockdown policy to prevent the virus from spreading, others -- such as the Netherlands and the UK -- soon abandoned earlier plans to fight the disease with a herd immunity strategy before implementing their own lockdowns. Only one European country, Sweden, chose a different path. While the Swedish government did impose a series of limitations, it did not decide to place the nation under total lockdown. In doing so, it followed the recommendation of its most eminent virologist, Anders Tegnell.
Please join us for a virtual discussion on the singular case of Sweden with Ludvig Norman, Associate Senior Lecturer in Political Science at Stockholm University and Senior Fellow at the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies. He will discuss life in Sweden under COVID-19 and offer some thoughts on how the strategy has been legitimized politically and why Swedes place such high faith in their Public Health Agency. Participants will have a chance to engage in the conversation with questions for Dr. Norman.
Moderated by IES Director Jeroen Dewulf and Associate Director Akasemi Newsome.
This virtual event will be held on Zoom.
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