Scientist behind Sweden's covid-19 strategy suggests it allowed too many deathsBRUSSELS - For months, the world has watched Sweden's light-touch approach to fighting the coronavirus pandemic, wondering whether it was genius or misguided. On Wednesday, the architect of the strategy said that, in retrospect, he might have pushed something closer to other countries' restrictions. Swedish authorities have consistently denied they were aiming to achieve full-population immunity by keeping much of their public life humming as usual. They said that if they protected the elderly and other vulnerable groups while allowing others to carry on, the country might be more resilient in the face of a second wave of infections and avoid the economic chaos of a total shutdown. Deaths in Sweden, though, have been eight times higher than in Denmark and 19 times higher than in Norway, even though Sweden is only double each neighbors' size. The outbreak appears to be continuing to course through their society, even while most other European countries seem to have gotten things under control, at least for now. And because Sweden's economy is tightly bound to the rest of Europe's, it has also suffered, although not as badly as others. "Should we encounter the same disease, with exactly what we know about it today, I think we would land midway between what Sweden did and what the rest of the world did," Swedish state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell told Swedish Radio on Wednesday. Tegnell, a gruff, self-confident scientist with a mop of gray hair and an ever-present paper coffee cup in his hand, has turned into an object of fascination both inside Sweden and abroad with his iconoclastic approach to the crisis. He shot down other countries' attempts to close down their societies as a needless overreaction. He was so dismissive of Italy that he twice drew reprimands from the Italian ambassador in Stockholm. He reported to...