The Global Platform has drawn attention to previous proposals to exclude or de-prioritise older people in COVID-19 vaccination programmes in countries such as Indonesia and Peru.
Opinions and contributions
Several Global Platform blogs and related publications draw attention to the limited quality and availability of age-disaggregated data on COVID-19 mortality in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Sometimes researchers have to do the best they can with questionable data, perhaps adding a caveat or two as an insurance policy. But sometimes the data are so flawed that researchers should disengage.
Academic support for long-term care facilities in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The “PUC No Lar” project (English translation)
The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the vulnerability of older people to high mortality, but due to their age and due to prevalent comorbidities such as chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes (NUNES et al., 2020).
A Pandemia da COVID-19 evidenciou a vulnerabilidade da população idosa em relação à exposição a doenças respiratórias de causa viral.
In one district, pension funds were diverted to make payments under the Centre’s Covid-19 relief package
Estimates of excess all-cause mortality are the most effective way to assess the impact of COVID-19 mortality on people of all ages, including older adults.