According to a study conducted by Think Tank Lowy Institute, the Philippines ranked 79th out of 98 nations in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Philippine government scored a 30.6 out of 100 based on six indicators in handling the pandemic situation, as said by the Lowy Institute. The study tracked the total cases and deaths for seven months in 98 countries while also considering the population.
The leading country that topped the list in its response to the global health threat is New Zealand, with an average score of 94.4. Followed closely by the Philippines ' Southeast Asian neighbors, Vietnam with a score of 90.8, and Thailand, scoring 84.
Indonesia is in 85th place, the only Southeast Asian country that has a low rank. Meanwhile, the United States is on the 94th spot with a score of 17.3. Brazil is at the bottom of the list with an average score of 4.3. However, China was not included in the list due to a lack of public available testing data.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), the methodology of the Lowy Institute study "did not capture the complex nature of the pandemic response." Although they respected the report, they said that the study failed to properly assess the situation of the Philippines.
“Please note that the pandemic is very dynamic, and the capture of proper context is crucial in assessing the performance of a country,” the DOH said in a statement.
The DOH added, "we can't be comparing apples to oranges... The indicators of performance used by the Philippines are multidimensional, with both strategic and operational indicators of health and economic performance and across the Prevent - Detect - Isolate - Test - Treat strategies."