Objective: We sought to evaluate the utility of the GHS index in predicting the launch of COVID-19 vaccine rollout by OECD member countries. Methods: We collected country-level data on the preparedness to respond to infectious disease threats through vaccination rollout using the GHS index. OECD member countries were rank-ordered based on the percentage of their populations fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Rank-ordering was done from the lowest to the highest, with each country assigned a score ranging from 1 to 33. Spearman’s rank correlation between the GHS index and the percentage of the population that is fully vaccinated was also performed. Results: Israel, ranked 34th in the world on the GHS index for pandemic preparedness has the highest percentage of the population that was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within 2 months of the global vaccine rollout. The Spearman rank correlation coefficient between GHS index and the percentage of population fully vaccinated was -0.1378, with a p-value of 0.43. Conclusion: Our findings suggest an absence of correlation between the GHS index rating and the COVID-19 vaccine rollout of OECD countries, indicating that the preparedness of OECD countries for infectious disease threats may not be accurately reflected by the GHS index.

Fuente: International Journal of Infectious Diseases
Available online 20 September 2021
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