On Wednesday 20 May, The King and Queen and The Crown Princess Couple held a video meeting with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences about the COVID-19 pandemic.
The King, The Queen, The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel held a video meeting with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. During the meeting, the participants spoke about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting society as a whole.
Göran K. Hansson, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and Maria Masucci, Professor of Virology, described the virus's properties, treatment options and the current status of the spread of infection.
Johan Petersson, Consultant at Karolinska University Hospital, spoke about the current situation within intensive care and how the work of the hospital has been reorganised to cope with the pressure on healthcare services.
Gunilla Karlsson Hedestam, Professor of Immunology and Vaccine Research at Karolinska Institutet, explained how COVID-19 is diagnosed and the possibilities for producing a vaccine.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences was founded in 1739, and is an independent organisation that aims to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society. The academy has particular responsibility for the natural sciences and mathematics, but also strives to increase exchanges between different disciplines.
The Royal Family are keen to show their support for the initiatives being carried out by society to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Royal Family are staying informed about how the pandemic is affecting Sweden via discussions, digital meetings and visits.
These visits are planned based on current recommendations, and every effort is being made not to take up time and resources unnecessarily.