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The United Arab Emirates took first place in the latest ranking of global Covid-19 resilience, followed by Cyprus, Bahrain and Israel topping the list.
The Emirates took first place in the Pandemic Resilience Index 2022 compiled by the Consumer Choice Center, a US-based advocacy group.
Mass testing, vaccination approval and distribution of Booster Shots were among the key factors that helped UAE secure the top spot.
The UAE pioneered the booster rollout. Countries like New Zealand, Australia and Canada took five months longer to get it working
Maria Chaplia, Consumer Choice Center
The original index, which summarized data up to March last year, ranked the UAE second in the world for resilience to Covid-19.
However, the updated index includes new data between late March and late November last year, taking into account each country’s refresher program.
“The United Arab Emirates pioneered booster adoption,” said Maria Chaplia, research manager at the Consumer Choice Centre.
“Countries like New Zealand, Ukraine, Australia, Spain and Canada took five months longer to get it up and running.
“Compared to the initial results, the change in the ranking is largely due to delays in the rollout of booster vaccines.”
According to the data, Israel, ranked as the most resilient country in the original index, began administering boosters 75 days later than the UAE.
With new variants of the infection emerging over the past nine months, Ms Chaplia said the UAE had dramatically increased its testing to try to stem the spread of Covid-19.
Greece saw the highest increase in testing – up 500 percent – between March and November last year, while Luxembourg and Sweden reduced their testing.
The Pandemic Resilience Index ranks 40 countries according to the resilience of their health systems to the Covid-19 crisis.
It ranked countries out of 10 for efforts to combat the pandemic head-on, with the UAE scoring 9.5.
The only two countries to slip down the list were Israel, which moved up from first to fourth place, and the United Kingdom, which fell from fourth to seventh.
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