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Mungmunpuntipantip and Wiwanitkit: Social and Policy Determinants of COVID-19
Dear Editor,
We would like to share some ideas related to the recently published article, “Social and Policy Determinants of COVID-19 Infection Across 23 Countries: An Ecological Study” [1]. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmission can be influenced by social and policy determinants, such as integrated health systems and policy responses to COVID-19, according to Kim et al. [1]. When responding to COVID-19, a variety of socioeconomic and policy issues should be taken into account [1]. We agree that any disease can be impacted by local socioeconomic and policy factors. Regarding the present study, it should further recognize the changing situation of COVID-19. The pandemic has rapidly changed, and the changes in local policies against COVID-19 in different periods of the outbreak might have been different. For example, a setting might primarily rely on an inactivated vaccine, but local policies would change when there is a new emerging variant of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 [2]. If possible, an additional analysis of different policy changes in response to the changing outbreak situation should be performed.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The authors have no conflicts of interest associated with the material presented in this paper.

REFERENCES

1. Kim K, Jeung YD, Choi J, Park SK. Social and policy determinants of COVID-19 infection across 23 countries: an ecological study. J Prev Med Public Health 2022;55(2):144-152.
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2. Siddiqui A, Adnan A, Abbas M, Taseen S, Ochani S, Essar MY. Revival of the heterologous prime-boost technique in COVID-19: an outlook from the history of outbreaks. Health Sci Rep 2022;5(2):e531.
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