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.

Accessed 28 January 2017
Brazil orders 11.5 million yellow fever vaccine doses
26 January 2017
Brazil’s health ministry has ordered 11.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine amid the largest outbreak of the disease in the country since 2000.
Seventy cases – including 40 deaths – are confirmed, mostly in rural areas of the state of Minas Gerais. More than 300 cases are under investigation.
Vaccinations are being recommended for people travelling to Minas and other areas with confirmed cases…

Accessed 28 January 2017
Letting Seriously Ill Patients Try Drugs Whose Safety, Efficacy Hasn’t Been Proven Could Be Deadly
Rita Rubin, Contributor
Critics of the Food and Drug Administration, including at least one person under consideration to serve as its commissioner, accuse the agency of unnecessarily dragging out the drug approval process at a cost to both manufacturers and desperately ill patients.
But a new FDA report makes the point that the early promise of experimental treatments doesn’t always pan out. The report includes examples of 16 drugs, five vaccines and one device, a heart stent, that appeared to be safe and effective in phase 2 trials, which usually involve a few hundred patients, but failed on one or both counts in much larger, more rigorous phase 3 trials…

Foreign Policy
Accessed 28 January 2017
Deadly Yellow Fever Outbreak in Brazil Sparks Fears of Zika-Like Epidemic
23 January 2017
By Robbie Gramer
… Brazil has recorded 25 deaths, 47 cases, and 160 suspected cases of yellow fever as of Monday. “The introduction of the virus in these areas could potentially trigger large epidemics of yellow fever,” the World Health Organization (WHO) warned in a statement released on Jan. 13 as the outbreak first emerged.
The WHO is concerned yellow fever could quickly spread from the outbreak’s ground zero to other states in the north and west because of the region’s low rates of vaccinations and mosquito-friendly environments. The governor of Minas Gerais declared a state of emergency, while the Brazilian Ministry of Health deployed technical teams to respond to and surveil the outbreak. The WHO said the Zika virus “further complicated” Brazil’s response to the yellow fever outbreak…

New York Times
Accessed 28 January 2017
China Jails Two Over Vaccine Scandal
January 24, 2017 – By REUTERS
BEIJING — A court in China on Tuesday jailed two people for selling vaccines without a license, state media said, after a scandal last year that sparked public anger.
The case, involving possibly as much as $90 million of illegal trades of vaccines through a black market drugs ring, underscored regulatory weaknesses in the world’s second largest pharmaceuticals market.
The court in Jinan city sentenced Pang Hongwei to 15 years in prison for illegally purchasing vaccines, including rabies vaccines, which she stored in warehouses in Jinan and another city, before selling them around China, Xinhua news agency said.
Pang improperly stored the vaccines she bought, and earned nearly 75 million yuan ($10.93 million) from selling them, Xinhua added.
She was also given another six years for a previous accusation of illegally trading vaccines, and so will serve a total of 19 years, the news agency said.

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Accessed 28 January 2017
Latest Bout of Bird Flu Threatens U.S. Poultry Flocks
By Kelsey Gee
Jan. 26, 2017 10:24 pm ET
Avian influenza is spreading rapidly across Europe and Asia, roiling the global poultry industry as farmers destroy millions of infected birds…