Bloomberg’s Covid19 Resilience Ranking as of November finds the Philippines “the worst place to be during a pandemic” out of 53 countries, for the third month in a row. The media giant gave the country a resiliency score of 43.1, even lower than its scores in the preceding months of October (40.5) and September (40.2).
The report, entitled “The Best and Worst Places to Be as Winter Meets Omicron”, noted Southeast Asian nations lagging behind, with Philippines coming in dead last, followed only by Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia.
“The lowest two places on the ranking have given out less than 100 Covid shots per 100 people, a key barrier to improving their scores,” it continued.
The Philippines, it said, had administered just 73.2 doses per 100 people.
The Resilience report looked at various factors: virus containment, healthcare quality, vaccination coverage, overall mortality and progress on restarting travel.
Despite the Philippines’ dismal ranking, Palace spokesperson Karlo Nograles said that “we have to consider that the 53 countries in the report have different Covid19 experiences and strategies.”
“There is little consideration for country-specific Covid19 context, which in our view is imperative to objectively assess how countries manage pandemic response,” he added.
Inversely, the United Arab Emirates was the “best place” to live amid a pandemic. Its resilience score was at 73.2 and was followed by Chile (72.6), Finland (71.3), Ireland (71.2) and Spain (70.9).