The Philippines under the Duterte administration was ranked last place in a global index that measure the recovery of 121 countries from the coronavirus pandemic.
The Nikkei Asia COVID-19 Recovery Index assessed the infection management, vaccine rollout, and social mobility of economies, scored them on a scale of zero to 90.
MANILA — According to the Nikkei Asia report, it estimated that only 30% of the Philippine population was fully vaccinated as of 30 September. It is “low among ASEAN countries.”
Nikkei Asia further observed that while the Philippines has enforced granular lockdowns in the capital region, minors and seniors are still required to stay at home.
“The country is gradually easing restrictions on businesses to revive the economy, allowing gyms to reopen and increasing restaurant dining and salon capacities for vaccinated individuals,” Nikkei Asia said.
Within Southeast Asia, the Nikkei Asia country ranking shows thus:
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire has admitted that Nikkei Asia’s study was conducted at a time when the Philippines was experiencing a fresh surge in new coronavirus cases.
“The infection rates were measured at a time when the number of cases in our country were really high compared with other countries which had already reached their peak,” Vergeire said.
She noted that Nikkei Asia used a seven-day period in September to analyze and compare coronavirus data of various countries.
However, the DOH official claimed the Philippine mortality rate remained below the global average.
Meanwhile, administration critics want to know where all the funds the Government borrowed for the purchase of Covid-19 vaccine went, how much were used to purchase vaccines, and how were actually delivered.
They said a proper accounting of all the vaccines the Government bought must also be monitored to make sure that such Government borrowings and expenditures are recorded. (JD/The MiNT)