Thailand ranks third worldwide in Covid 19 treatments
In a display of how far you can fall, Thailand, once ranked as one of the best countries in the world for treating Covid-19, is now near the bottom of the rankings, number 118 out of 120. The Nikkei Asia Covid – 19 recovery index calculated data from 120 countries around the world and ranked Thailand third among the latter.
The study combines data on infection rate and management, social mobility and vaccine rollout, ranking a country higher as they move closer to recovery through high vaccination rates, low Covid-19 infection rates and how to limit Covid- 19 security measures.
Thailand, like Vietnam, topped the list in 2020, with strict lockdown and prevention measures that minimized Covid-19 outbreaks. But in 2021, an explosion of more contagious Covid-19 strains brought soaring infection numbers across the kingdom.
Coupled with the government’s slow and (often haphazard) patchy responses, a poor bet on the Sinovac vaccine that is not very effective against new strains, and a government relying on domestic production of AstraZeneca vaccines, which is slowing and now focused on providing half of the original vaccine supply, Thailand has failed to keep up with the growing local pandemic.
The Office of the National Council for Economic and Social Development reported this week that the 2020 lockdowns have reduced Thailand’s gross domestic product by 6.1%, while the mishandling of the third wave of Covid-19 has led to a record number of daily infections and a comparable number of deaths per day to the total number of deaths of 2020.
Only 4.45% of the population is now fully vaccinated, a long way from the original promises of herd immunity, and at least one vaccine for everyone in Thailand by October also appears unachievable.
The news magazine Nikkei Asia quoted an observer as saying that the Thai government did not understand the enormity of the problem and was leaning towards political prudence rather than medical prudence when preparing for the rollout of vaccines, not wanting to overestimate and gun the purchase of vaccines. vaccines want to jump.
Another factor that keeps Thailand low on the Covid-19 recovery list is the disparity in vaccine availability. The elderly, ill and high-risk workers struggle to access vaccines, while members of Thailand’s wealthy Hi-So elite, responsible for many of the worst outbreaks, have been able to abuse connections and influence. to get vaccinated earlier than the aforementioned people, who are in dire need. Nikkei Asia considers it a more visible example of the way Thailand usually operates, a vast social divide where the rich and influential are above the law and rules.
All this led to Thailand’s great fall from the top of the Covid-19 treatment ranks to the bottom, lower than Malaysia (114), Sri Lanka (113), Indonesia (110), Philippines (108) and even India (ranked number 77). Meanwhile, some countries with early horror stories at the start of the pandemic have turned things around. The top five countries in order are China, Malta, Poland, Italy and Austria.
Israel, which is currently experiencing some new outbreaks, still ranks 9th, and the United States, previously responsible for more than a quarter of all of the world’s Covid-19, is now 27th.
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