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Lowy Institute Ranks Vietnam's Pandemic Response Second-Best Globally

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As Vietnam confronts a fresh COVID-19 outbreak, it has scored exceptionally well in a new global analysis of pandemic responses.

Earlier this week the Lowy Institute released its interactive Covid Performance Index which explored how geography, political systems, population size, and economic development have impacted COVID-19 outcomes around the world.

Researchers used six indicators to measure the performance of 98 countries, namely confirmed cases, confirmed deaths, confirmed cases per million people, confirmed deaths per million peopled, confirmed cases as a proportion of tests, and tests per thousand people.

These indicators were measured across a span of 36 weeks from each individual country’s 100th confirmed COVID-19 case, using data available up to January 9. Averages across these figures were then placed on a scale of 0 (worst performing) to 100 (best performing).

Overall, Vietnam came in with the second-highest overall score at 90.8, behind only New Zealand, which received a score of 94.4. Taiwan came in third at 86.4, followed by Thailand (84.2) and Cyprus (83.3). China, where the pandemic began, was not included in the analysis due to a lack of publicly available testing data, while the United States scored fifth-worst, at 17.3.

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