Stockholm expected to reach collective immunity in May, says Swedish ambassador: NPR

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People appreciate the high temperatures on April 22 in Stockholm. Sweden has not imposed the extraordinary foreclosures seen across Europe.

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People appreciate the high temperatures on April 22 in Stockholm. Sweden has not imposed the extraordinary foreclosures seen across Europe.

Anders Wiklund / TT News Agency / AFP via Getty Images

The Swedish ambassador to the United States believes that the country’s controversial strategy to pursue “collective immunity” – and not to lock up the country – is paying off, with the capital Stockholm on track to collective immunity in the coming weeks.

“About 30% of people in Stockholm have reached a level of immunity,” Karin Ulrika Olofsdotter told NPR. “We could achieve collective immunity in the capital next month. “

Collective immunity means that the majority of a given population has become immune to an infectious disease by recovering from it or getting vaccinated. Some researchers have set the immunity threshold for coronavirus herds at 60% in certain regions.

There is no scientific evidence, however, that people who have recovered from COVID-19 are in fact protected from a second infection. The World Health Organization said on Friday that the idea that a point infection can lead to immunity is still unproven.

Olofsdotter agreed that more research and testing is needed to answer the lingering question about immunity. The Swedish government is ready to change its strategy if the situation requires, but there are currently no plans to change course, she said.

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