Lena Hallengren

Lena Hallengren, Minister for Health and Social Affairs

Minister for Health and Social Affairs

Ministry of Health and Social Affairs

“COVID-19 has left Sweden and the world facing a crisis like no other in modern times. The pandemic has demonstrated the importance of a strong society and providing equitable health and social care according to need – not just to those who can afford it. We must now take control of the welfare system. Swedish health and care professionals have carried us all through the crisis. Now they must be given every chance to clear the waiting lists that have built up as a result of the pandemic. Elderly care and health and medical care must be strengthened and improved, and we will deliver on this goal.”

News from Lena Hallengren

  • Cooperation with US on cancer research to be renewed

    Lena Hallengren stands in front of an American flag.
    In the first week of June 2022, Minister of Social Affairs Lena Hallengren visited the United States. During the minister's visit, a meeting was held with US authorities on a collaboration agreement on cancer research. Photo: Elin Aarflot/Governments Offices

    Since 2016, Sweden has had a bilateral cooperation agreement with the US on cancer research. During Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren’s visit to Washington DC on 1 June, the parties confirmed the desire to deepen their cooperation by extending the agreement.

  • Sweden and UK highlight efforts to combat antibiotic resistance at ministerial breakfast

    Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren together with UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid, and the other ministers in the Ministerial Alliance of Champions against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
    Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren and UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid hosted a breakfast meeting for the Ministerial Alliance of Champions against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Photo: Swedish Government Offices

    On 23 May, Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren and UK Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid hosted a breakfast meeting for the Ministerial Alliance of Champions against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Both countries established the alliance in 2015 and current members include the US, France and China. The meeting was held in connection with the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Sweden supporting Ukraine with medication

The Government has decided on several mandates that will support Ukraine with medication. The Medical Products Agency and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency have been tasked with coordinating the transport of medication to Ukraine. The Public Health Agency of Sweden has been tasked with assessing the possibility of donating medication to Ukraine from its reserves.

Sweden supporting Ukraine with medical supplies

On 2 March, Minister for Health and Social Affairs Lena Hallengren held a press briefing with Director General of the National Board of Health and Welfare Olivia Wigzell and Director General of the Medical Products Agency Björn Eriksson. Ms Hallengren announced that Sweden will donate medical supplies to Ukraine.

Lena Hallengren, Minister for Health and Social Affairs
Lena Hallengren, Minister for Health and Social Affairs at a press conference regarding the government's COVID-19 measures in November 2021. Photo: Ninni Andersson/ Government Offices of Sweden

About the Government’s COVID-19 measures in the areas of public health, medical care, social care and social insurance

Read more below about the decisions in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs’ policy areas of public health, medical care, social care and social insurance with regards to the Covid 19-pandemic. The date in the title indicates when the article was written.

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