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Japan study on PH 33rd in Covid-19 management and vaccine launch

According to Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19, the Philippines’ ranking of No. 33 out of 121 nations in Nikkei Asia’s Recovery Index report for May 2022 is a clear indication that the country is moving toward pandemic recovery and Filipinos adhere to minimum public health standards.

The rating, according to Galvez, is based on illness control, vaccination deployment, and social mobility.

In September 2021, the country was ranked in the bottom half.

The Philippines rated higher than Italy (34), Switzerland (38), Israel (44), Japan (53), the United Kingdom (58), Canada (60), Australia (71), New Zealand (75), Singapore (79), the United States (89), China (93), and Russia in the current survey (111).

The top three countries were Qatar, Cambodia, and the United Arab Emirates, with Rwanda and Kuwait, tied for fourth and fifth.

With Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, and Mauritius, Vietnam was the best-performing Southeast Asian nation, ranking 14th to 17th.

“The Philippines’ present position in the Nikkei Asia Recovery Index report for May 2022 is a strong sign that the Philippines has regained its footing and is now on the road to recovery,” Galvez said.

According to the Nikkei Recovery Index report, the Philippines has risen 40 spots due to a persistent decline in daily Covid-19 cases, which have averaged below 200 in recent weeks with few to no fatalities.

Since February, the country has eased restrictions for fully vaccinated international tourists, including the removal of the negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction requirement for foreigners with booster vaccinations in recent weeks, according to the report.

According to Galvez, the loosening of limitations has resulted in a high record number of visitor arrivals in recent months.

He noted that the Philippines’ strong showing in the Tokyo-based magazine’s newest Recovery Index can be ascribed to the national government’s vigorous efforts to establish an “immunity wall” across the country through the national vaccination campaign.

“This demonstrates that the Philippines’ vaccination program is on track, and it is a testament to the effective implementation of the country’s National Action Plan, which is anchored on the Prevention-Detection-Isolation-Treatment-Reintegration-Vaccination strategy,” Galvez said, praising the government’s science-based policies and data-driven decisions, which prioritize public health and the economy.

The NTF praised the diligent efforts of medical front-line workers and volunteers who ensured that Filipinos have better access to testing, treatment, and vaccination.

“With this, we restate the government’s position that the wearing of face masks will be enforced at least until President [Rodrigo] Duterte’s tenure ends,” he said.

Galvez urged all Filipinos who have not been immunized against Covid-19 to get vaccinated and receive booster doses.

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