Anders Tegnell Wiki
Anders Tegnell, who was behind the decision to shun full lockdown in favour of voluntary social distancing measures, now admits that too many people have died under his strategy.Sweden’s state epidemiologist has admitted he made the wrong call on the country’s coronavirus lockdown for the first time. Asked to battle the same disease again with the benefit of hindsight, Tegnell said he would bring in tougher measures to slow the spread.However, he still believes that full lockdowns of the kind seen in other European countries during the outbreak were unnecessary.
The architect of Sweden’s covid19 response, Anders Tegnell, admits today that too many people have died and given a do-over Sweden would introduce tougher restrictions.
— Bob Miller (@BobbyMiller202) June 3, 2020
Anders Tegnell Wikipedia
Nils Anders Tegnell is a Swedish physician specialising in Infectious disease and civil servant, and the current state epidemiologist of Sweden. He was employed by the Swedish Institute for Communicable Disease between 2004 and 2005, and the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare between 2005 and 2012. He returned to the Institute for Communicable Disease in 2012 as a head of department. He has served as state epidemiologist since 2013, first at the Institute, and later at the Public Health Agency of Sweden after a merger of the Institute for Communicable Diseases and the Swedish National Institute of Public Health.
In his positions, he had key roles in the Swedish response to the 2009 swine flu pandemic and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anders Tegnell Biography
Tegnell was born in Uppsala. He became a licensed physician at Lund University in 1985, subsequently interning at the county hospital in Östersund, and later specialised in infectious disease at Linköping University Hospital. In that capacity, in 1990 he treated the first patient in Sweden with a viral hemorrhagic fever, believed to be a case to be either the Ebola or the Marburg virus disease.
From 1990 to 1993 he worked for the WHO in Laos to create vaccination programs. In an interview with Expressen, he describes his on-site work for the WHO with a Swedish expert team during the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Kikwit, Zaire as a formative experience. From 2002 to 2003 he also worked as a national expert for the European Commission to prepare at the EU level for public health threats such as anthrax, smallpox and other infectious diseases.
Fast Facts You must need to know about Anders Tegnell
- Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s state epidemiologist, has admitted he made the wrong call on the country’s coronavirus lockdown for the first time
- Tegnell admits too many people have died after he shunned mandatory rules
- He now believes Sweden should have taken harsher measures to stop the spread
- But he says he still would not have gone as far as other European countries did