PH sorely lags in Covid19 response


The Philippines is ranked 79th out of 98 countries in terms of its Covid19 response mechanism, according to a recent study carried by an Australian think tank.

Sadly, among Southeast Asian nations, it also fared out quite poorly.
Based on a study prepared by the Sydney-based Lowly Institute, those surveyed were rated for their “average performance” in managing the pandemic; and as of January 9, 2021, the Philippines came in at Number 79.

Department of Health officials, expectedly, disputed the results because the “unique environmental conditions” in each country would dictate against arriving at comparisons, much less a rankings chart.

“It would be akin to comparing apples to oranges,” the DOH said.
The think tank used as parameters for their rankings the following: confirmed cases, confirmed deaths, confirmed cases per million, confirmed deaths per million, confirmed cases as a proportion of tests and tests per thousand.

… while New Zealand, Vietnam and Taiwan lead the pack

Out of nearly 100 nations and territories, New Zealand, Vietnam and Taiwan were the most successful in controlling the pandemic, based on a Covid19 performance index conducted by Sydney-based think tank, the Lowy Institute.

Other nations which ranked high on the index were Thailand, Cyprus, Rwanda, Iceland, Australia, Latvia and Sri Lanka, as these were areas with fewer reported cases and fatalities per capita as well as a whole.

Inversely, the United States and the United Kingdom, among others, were placed near the bottom of the list. With 25 million cases, the US ranked 94th while India placed 86th with 11 million cases. Britain, with the most number of deaths in Europe, was ranked 66th.

The think tank assessed 98 countries and territories in the 36th week after their hundredth case, with data available up to Jan. 9 this year. The index excludes China due to lack of data available to the public, they clarified.

The index revealed that regions in the Asia-Pacific proved to be the most capable in curbing the pandemic’s spread, but European countries and the US were “quickly overwhelmed.” They also noted: “Levels of economic development or differences in political systems between countries had less of an impact on outcomes than often assumed.”

“In general, countries with smaller populations, cohesive societies and capable institutions have a comparative advantage in dealing with a global crisis such as a pandemic,” they continued.

This evaluation comes shortly after the global case toll breaches 100 million, while the death toll passes two million.

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