Media/Policy Watch [to 16 May 2015]

Media/Policy Watch
This section is intended to alert readers to substantive news, analysis and opinion from the general media on vaccines, immunization, global; public health and related themes. Media Watch is not intended to be exhaustive, but indicative of themes and issues CVEP is actively tracking. This section will grow from an initial base of newspapers, magazines and blog sources, and is segregated from Journal Watch above which scans the peer-reviewed journal ecology.

We acknowledge the Western/Northern bias in this initial selection of titles and invite suggestions for expanded coverage. We are conservative in our outlook in adding news sources which largely report on primary content we are already covering above. Many electronic media sources have tiered, fee-based subscription models for access. We will provide full-text where content is published without restriction, but most publications require registration and some subscription level.

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The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 16 May 2015
Pay big pharma to solve antibiotics crisis, says UK government review
Jim O’Neill, economist appointed by David Cameron, says a global fund would incentivise drug firms to save millions of lives
14 May 2015
Pharmaceutical companies should be given cash incentives of up to $3bn to find and develop new antibiotics desperately needed to keep infections at bay, according to a UK government review. Jim O’Neill, the economist and former chair of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, asked to find solutions to the global antibiotic crisis, said at the launch of his report that a fund worth between $16bn and $37bn per decade would be enough to incentivise drug companies to turn their attentions to antibiotics.

The Antimicrobial Review (AMR) Committee proposals, he said, could “supercharge antibiotics discovery, potentially saving millions of lives for a fraction of the $100tn cost of inaction”. He estimated that globally, 10 million people could die every year from untreatable infections unless new antibiotics are discovered…

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New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 16 May 2015
The Brighter Side of Rabies – The New Yorker
May 6, 2015 … Callaway and his team began with a vaccine form of the rabies virus that was missing the hook-making gene, rendering it unable to jump …

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New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 16 May 2015
Mexico Says Bacteria Contaminated Vaccine Blamed in 2 Deaths
Mexico’s public health system says a localized bacterial contamination appears to have been responsible for infant vaccine causing the deaths of two babies and the sickening of 31. The Mexican Institute for Social Security
May 13, 2015 –

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Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/home-page?_wsjregion=na,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 16 May 2015
California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill
Bill would prohibit parents from seeking exemptions because of religious or personal beliefs
Associated Press
May 14, 2015 2:53 p.m. ET
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The state Senate has passed a bill aimed at increasing California’s school immunization rates…