Media/Policy Watch

Media/Policy Watch
This watch section is intended to alert readers to substantive news, analysis and opinion from the general media and selected think tanks and similar organizations 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.
Foreign Affairs
Accessed 29 October 2016
Trade Oct 28, 2016
What Past Trade Deals Reveal About Drug Pricing – The TPP’s Good Medicine?
Thomas J. Bollyky

West Africa November/December 2016
Ebola: How a People’s Science Helped End an Epidemic
Nicolas van de Walle

The Guardian
Global Health
A water-chilled coolbox gets vaccines on tap to the world’s poorest
At the Grand Challenges conference in London, innovations in refrigeration and sanitation are among those making a difference to global healthcare
Monday 24 October 2016
A UN vaccine programme in Darfur in 2011. An innovative refrigeration system that doesn’t need a constant power supply is helping deliver vaccines to remote communities.
Kate Hodal

New York Times
Accessed 29 October 2016
Ban proposes UN fund to help Haitian cholera victims
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed a $400 million cholera response package to assist Haitians who contracted cholera due to UN peacekeepers in the country. “We want to do this because we think it’s the right thing to do for the Haitian people, but frankly speaking, it’s the right thing to do for the United Nations,” said Jan Eliasson, the UN deputy secretary-general.

Sanofi Partners With Brazil to Accelerate Zika Vaccine Work
(Reuters) – Sanofi has struck a collaboration deal with a leading Brazilian research institute to speed development of a Zika vaccine, consolidating the French drugmaker’s position in the race to defeat the mosquito-borne virus. The
October 27, 2016

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Accessed 29 October 2016
Billionaires Pony Up More Funds in Fight to Eradicate Polio
By Betsy McKay
Oct. 24, 2016 8:00 am ET
Bill Gates is getting help from some fellow billionaire philanthropists as he and other health leaders work to overcome setbacks that have delayed the eradication of polio despite a recent sharp decline in the number of cases.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who donated $100 million in 2013 to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, is contributing another $25 million now to help stamp out the virus, which is highly infectious and can cause paralysis and death. Ray Dalio, chairman and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates LP, who gave $50 million in 2013, is adding another $30 million. An anonymous donor is contributing $15 million.
The $70 million in new money will help cover costs of the polio-eradication effort that has been extended by about 18 months, Mr. Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said in an interview…

Washington Post
Accessed 29 October 2016
In a first, U.S. trial to test Cuban lung-cancer vaccine
The international collaboration will enroll up to 90 patients in this country.
Laurie McGinley | National/health-science | Oct 27, 2016

Scientists are bewildered by Zika’s path across Latin America
24 October 2016
Nearly nine months after Zika was declared a global health emergency, the virus has infected at least 650,000 people in Latin America and the Caribbean, including tens of thousands of expectant mothers. But to the great bewilderment of scientists, the epidemic has not produced the wave of fetal deformities so widely feared when the images of misshapen infants first emerged from Brazil. Instead, Zika has left a puzzling and distinctly uneven pattern of damage across the Americas.

UN wants $200 million to compensate Haiti cholera victims
24 October 2016
The United Nations says it is looking to raise $200 million from member states to compensate the families of people who have died from cholera in Haiti. David Nabarro, a special adviser to the secretary-general, said Monday that the money to “provide material assistance” was part of a new U.N. approach to dealing with the disease that is believed to have been introduced to Haiti by U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal. He denied, however, that the proposed assistance amounted to acknowledgement of responsibility on the part of the U.N. for the disease which has sickened nearly 800,000 Haitians and killed some 9,300.