“It felt like a mosquito chew”: Swedes get COVID-19 chew


Sweden launched its COVID-19 vaccination program with the first thrusts in the arms of older people on Sunday. On Saturday, it received 9,750 doses as part of an EU-wide launch of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine.

Börje Gren, one of the first to receive the vaccine in Sweden, said it “just felt like a moqsuito bite”. The country stood out among the European nations for its comparatively uncomplicated response to the pandemic.

The Scandinavian country has not carried out any lockdowns or closed stores and has instead relied on the feeling of citizens to control infections. However, the number of confirmed cases weighing on his health system has increased rapidly.

The Swedish King Carl XVI. Gustaf said his country had failed to protect elderly people in nursing homes from the effects of the pandemic.

Sweden, with a population of 10 million, has reported nearly 400,000 confirmed virus cases and over 8,000 deaths since the pandemic began.


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