The Philippines has emerged dead last in the list of 53 big economies surveyed owing to its sputtering pandemic response, according to the globally-respected Bloomberg think tank.
In Bloomberg’s latest Covid19 Resilience Rankings of the best and worst places to live during the pandemic, the Philippines replaced Malaysia at the bottom of the list of 53 countries polled for the month of September. Prior to this, the Philippines was in 52nd place.
Bloomberg said the Philippines fared miserably as compared to other countries in terms of lockdown severity, flight capacity and open travel routes for vaccinated persons.
Among the Southeast Asian countries, Singapore is best placed at No. 19, while its neighbors in ASEAN like the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia are all seated in the caboose.
Palace officials, however, downplayed the severe implications of Bloomberg’s findings, stressing that unlike rich countries, the Philippines does not have the wherewithal to acquire sufficient vaccines to bolster the national vaccination campaign and hasten its economic recovery.
In his recent speech during the United Nations General Assembly, the President accused rich countries of hoarding precious life-saving vaccines, while poor ones like the Philippines “wait for trickles.”