The low rate of vaccination and availability of coronavirus vaccines is one of the major factors for the Philippines’ poor ranking in Covid-19 resiliency, according to a Department of Health official.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said many factors contributing to the country’s vaccination drive are out of its control, noting the global scarcity in Covid-19 vaccines caused by “competition across different countries.”
Vergeire added, “(Our supplies depend on) agreements with the manufacturers where there is a global shortage.”
Another factor to consider, she said, was the different settings or capabilities of other countries, especially high-income countries with “mature” health systems.
In the Bloomberg Covid-19 resilience report, the Philippines ranking 52nd out of 53 countries.
Despite the low rank, she said the Philippines remains open to these rankings to help improve the country’s Covid-19 measures.