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Emails Reveal Swedish Epidemiologist Urged Coronavirus Spread to Attain Herd Immunity

HeadlineAug 20, 2020

In Europe, Spain, France and Croatia have recorded their highest rates of infection since ending strict lockdowns earlier this year. Meanwhile, in Sweden, health officials recorded the nation’s highest six-month death toll in over 150 years during the first half of 2020. This week journalists obtained emails showing Sweden’s top epidemiologist pushed to keep schools open so that children would spread COVID-19 and push the population toward “herd immunity.” He also asked a colleague whether a higher death rate among seniors might be acceptable.

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