The Global Platform is continuing to keep an eye on COVID-19 vaccine coverage data for different age groups. For many countries, this information is not made public. For the Philippines it is.
On 21 December 2021, South Africa’s National Institute for Infectious Diseases published new data on Omicron. The data are able to differentiate between cases that are almost certainly Omicron variant (S-gene target failure) and those related to other variants (essentially Delta).
Little information is currently available about how COVID-19 has affected long-term care facilities (LTCFs) in countries like South Africa.
It can be taken for granted that the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced older people’s access to essential health and social care services. However, collecting specific data on these effects has been challenging.
India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 1040 million doses as of 27th October 2021. Only 30% of these are second doses.
Thailand has a strong tradition of family respect and support for older people, but there are signs that the COVID-19 pandemic has put these norms under pressure, both in terms of family behaviour and in state policy.