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S. Korea ranks 9th in 2021 Global Health Security Index Updated: 2021-12-09 13:41:53 KST

South Korea ranked ninth in a 2021 Global Health Security Index report released on Wednesday.
The report, jointly by Johns Hopkins University and the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit global security organization, measured the capacities of countries to see how well they are prepared for future health emergencies.
The results show that South Korea scored 65.4 out of a hundred, making it into the top ten.
In terms of 'response', the country ranked 4th …and it ranked 30th in 'prevention.’

Top on the overall list of 195 countries was the U.S. with 75.9 followed by Australia and Finland.
The average country score was 38.9essentially unchanged from 2019.

While countries were able to address COVID-19 challenges, the report says all countries remain "dangerously unprepared" to meet future epidemic and pandemic threats which could be more devastating than COVID-19.
It said most countries, including high-income nations, have not made enough financial investments in strengthening epidemic or pandemic preparedness with the average score for national-level financing at 35.2.
Also, about 70 countries show insufficient health capacity in clinics, hospitals, and community health centers.
Based on these findings, the report advised countries to allocate funds for health security in their national budgetsand to use its index as a reference point to identify risks and make appropriate adjustments.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.
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