Vietnam ranks 10th in COVID-19 resilience

Source: Xinhua| 2020-11-26 15:14:05|Editor: huaxia

HANOI, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- A Bloomberg ranking has listed Vietnam the 10th among 53 major economies amid the havoc wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The country posted a resilience score of 74.3 out of 100, local online newspaper VnExpress cited the ranking as reporting on Thursday.

The COVID-19 Resilience Ranking released Tuesday surveyed 53 economies valued at over 200 billion U.S. dollars on some key metrics including the growth in virus cases, overall mortality rate, testing capabilities, vaccine supply agreements, the capacity of local healthcare systems and the impact of lockdowns on these economies.

According to the survey, Vietnam had a test positivity rate of 0.1 percent while Mexico has the highest rate at 62.3 percent.

Vietnam scored 39 out of 100 in "lockdown severity", said the report. A high score indicates that social and economic activities are tightly restricted by the government, meaning people are experiencing greater disruptions to their lives.

In Vietnam, as the COVID-19 situation became complicated in March, the government imposed a national social distancing campaign for around three weeks, but did not repeat the exercise after the second outbreak that hit the country in July. Instead, local social distancing measures were applied, the newspaper reported.

The report also said Vietnam has access to one potential COVID-19 vaccine produced locally, which is in the process of preparation for human testing in the near future. If approved, it would be the first Vietnamese COVID-19 vaccine to be tested on humans. Enditem