Plan of operations in the event of new outbreaks of COVID-19
The Public Health Agency of Sweden drew up three scenarios for the coming year as a basis for planning the work with respect to COVID-19. In connection hereto, a number of authorities were tasked by the Government to present their plans based on the three scenarios.
MSB deems that experiences from the spring and summer handling of the pandemic makes the agency equipped to handle the situations described in the scenarios, as working methods, organisation, and established networks with other stakeholders are already in place.
– We have also, in our report to the Government, emphasised the importance of being able to handle several concurrent incidents, such as fires, floods, or major accidents, says Anneli Bergholm Söder, Director of the Response and Operations Department at MSB.
MSB has identified measures that may require additional resources, Government decisions, or to be handled by other authorities. This includes personal protective equipment for other essential activities, supply of pharmaceuticals, status reporting, and petition for additional funds for the handling.
MSB is also commissioned by the Government to push the development of Sweden’s emergency preparedness. Therefore, MSB, together with other supervisory authorities, developed five focus areas for the summer, which we are now working with. The purpose is to learn from the spring to strengthen emergency preparedness in a way that also strengthens the total defence.
MSB emphasises this in the response to the Government.
On 6 July, the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the National Board of Health and Welfare, the Medical Products Agency, MSB, and the county administrative boards were tasked by the Government to draft a plan for the event of new outbreaks of COVID-19.
About the commissions on the Government’s website, in SwedishThe plans are based on the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s three scenarios for spread of infection.