TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In the latest version of Nikkei Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery Index, Taiwan has risen to No. 27 in the rankings, marking a dramatic improvement since June.
The index assesses 121 countries and regions in terms of COVID recovery by calculating a score between 0 and 90 based on nine factors divided into three categories: infection management, vaccine rollouts, and mobility.
For the month of August, Taiwan, Belgium, and Panama scored 60 points, tying for 27th place. The U.S. ranked 74th and the U.K. 65th, while New Zealand and Australia, which did very well in terms of COVID prevention until recently, ranked 80th and 84th, respectively.
In June, during the height of Taiwan’s COVID outbreak, the country ranked 83rd in the recovery index. At the time, New Zealand ranked 7th, the U.S. 27th, Australia 34th, and the U.K. 48th. China has consistently topped the list.
Taiwan ranked No. 83 in June edition of COVID-19 Recovery Index. (Twitter, Nikkei Asia screenshot)
Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam, the Philippines, Myanmar, and Thailand are currently suffering from the fast-spreading delta variant, partly due to the slow administration of vaccines. Notably, Vietnam, which comes last in the entire list, was one of the world’s greatest successes at blocking COVID until June.
The COVID-19 Recovery Index is specifically geared toward each country or region’s current pandemic performance, unlike other more general indexes that overlook certain important aspects of COVID prevention and recovery.