MANILA, Dec 1 (Mabuhay) –Despite the dramatic decrease in the number of cases and an intensified vaccination drive, the Philippines remains as the worst place to be during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest Bloomberg report released Tuesday.
Based on Bloomberg’s COVID Resilience Ranking for November, the Philippines is again at the bottom of a list of 53 countries, having a resilience score of 43.1.
This means the Philippines did not move from its 53rd spot in Bloomberg’s COVID Resilience Ranking in October when it had a resilience score of 40.5. In June, the country placed 52nd and dropped to 53rd in September, with a resilience score of 40.2.
“Southeast Asia continues to populate the bottom of the Ranking, with the Philippines remaining in last place, followed by Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia,” Bloomberg said.
“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 added.
According to report, the Philippines has only given out 73.2 doses per 100 people.
The report tagged the United Arab Emirates as the “best place” to live in during the pandemic with a resilience score at 73.2, followed by Chile (72.6), Finland (71.3), Ireland (71.2), and Spain (70.9).
“After dominating the top rungs of Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking for months, Europe has largely been dethroned with the United Arab Emirates — one of the most-consistent performers since the Ranking’s inception a year ago — becoming our new No. 1,” Bloomberg said.
Among the “notable movers” in November were Iraq, India, Bangladesh, Argentina, Turkey, and Taiwan.
The indicators used in the report included vaccination coverage, virus containment, severity of lockdowns, quality of healthcare, progress toward restarting travel, and the overall mortality throughout the pandemic.
The report was released as the Philippines was in the middle of its massive three-day national vaccination program aimed inoculating some 9 million Filipinos against COVID-19.
The Department of Health had described Bloomberg’s October report, where the Philippines also placed last, as unfair. (MNS)