Vax shortage in PH cause of low-rank in Covid-19 resiliency: DOH

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.

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