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.

The Atlantic
Accessed 21 January 2017
The Shadow Network of Anti-Vax Doctors
Both mainstream and alternative doctors help patients avoid or delay vaccines. Trump’s rhetoric might empower them further.
Jan 18, 2017
Olga Khazan
… Brandeis is one of a sizable number of doctors who allow their patients to avoid or delay vaccines if they are concerned about their health effects. It’s unknown how many of these physicians there are, but dozens of names—some even organized by state—come up on earthy mommy blogs and other web communities. “We are hoping to find a pediatrician/pediatric group in the … area who is an MD, but open-minded to alternative medicine, as well as less aggressive vaccination schedules,” wrote one California parent on the Berkeley Parents Network in December.
These doctors—and patients who seek them out—could be emboldened if President-elect Donald Trump goes through with the appointment of Robert F. Kennedy, an environmental activist and vocal vaccine skeptic, to lead a commission “on vaccine safety and scientific integrity,” as was reported last week. Trump met with Kennedy in Trump Tower on January 10, and Kennedy later told his environmental-group colleagues that he would be taking a leave to chair the vaccine commission. (Trump’s team said later that no decision had been made yet.)…

Accessed 21 January 2017
Letting Seriously Ill Patients Try Drugs Whose Safety, Efficacy Hasn’t Been Proven Could Be Deadly
Rita Rubin, Contributor
One potential candidate for Food and Drug Administration commissioner has supported the idea of allowing drugs on the market as long as they’re safe but before they’ve been proven to be effective. But a new FDA report lists 22 examples of therapies and vaccines whose early promise didn’t pan out.

Huffington Post
Accessed 21 January 2017
Americans Aren’t With Donald Trump On Vaccines
Public health experts and the general public think the president-elect is wrong that shots are unsafe.
19 January 2017
President-elect Donald Trump’s skepticism about the safety of childhood vaccines contrasts not only with the scientific consensus, but also with the opinions of Americans ― fewer than one-quarter of whom think immunization should be a matter of personal choice.
By a more than 2-1 margin, 54 percent to 26 percent, Americans say that the science supporting the safety of childhood vaccination is “indisputable,” rather than something that requires future debate, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds, although partisan divides on the issue are widening.
Two-thirds of Americans say that the issue of vaccinating children is a matter of public health, with just 24 percent considering it a matter of personal choice. A 56 percent majority of those polled say they have at least a fair amount of trust in the government to set vaccination policies.
Among public health experts, there’s little disagreement that immunization is safe and effective and one of the greatest public health achievements in modern times…

New York Times
Accessed 21 January 2017
How the Response to Zika Failed Millions
16 January 2017

Wall Street Journal,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 21 January 2017
Gates Foundation Joins Fight Against Epidemics
Jan. 18, 2017 5:59 pm ET

Washington Post
Accessed 21 January 2017
Researchers struggle to replicate 5 influential cancer experiments from top labs
Experiments should be reproducible, but most of these weren’t, a research team finds. The original scientists criticize the new results.
Joel Achenbach and Laurie McGinley | National/health-science | Jan 18, 2017