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 29 April 2017
She Didn’t Get A Flu Shot, So NYU Fired Her From A Position She’d Held For 36 Years
Rita Rubin, Contributor
Apr 26, 2017
Psychologist Leonore Tiefer lost her unpaid position at NYU because she did not comply with a new policy mandating that all employees get immunized to prevent the spread of flu to patients. Tiefer didn’t see patients, and her case raises questions about the ethics of such policies.

Foreign Policy
Accessed 29 April 2017
First-Ever Malaria Vaccine To Begin Tests Next Year
24 April 2017

Huffington Post
Accessed 29 April 2017
Flavia Bustreo: Embrace The Facts About Vaccines, Not The Myths 
1.5 million children still die annually from vaccine-preventable diseases.
26 April 2017

New York Times
Accessed 29 April 2017
US Facing Shortage of Yellow Fever Vaccine for Travelers
NEW YORK — Americans who need a yellow fever shot for travel may soon have a harder time getting it.
A manufacturing problem has created a shortage of the only version of the vaccine licensed in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that doses could run out as early as next month. Officials are bringing in another vaccine that’s used in other countries, but it will be available at only about 250 of the 4,000 U.S. clinics that give the shot…
April 28, 2017 – By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Mystery Deaths in Liberia Linked to Funeral-WHO
April 28, 2017 – By REUTERS
GENEVA — Eleven people have died and five are in hospital, Liberian officials said on Friday, after contracting a mystery illness the World Health Organisation (WHO) said was linked to attendance at the funeral of a religious leader.
“We are still investigating. The only thing we have ruled out is … Ebola,” said Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer Francis Kateh, adding samples from the victims had been sent abroad for further testing.
On Wednesday, the WHO said Liberian health authorities were taking rapid precautionary steps after eight people died of a mystery illness, 10 months after the end of a two-year Ebola virus outbreak.
“It seems all of these people were attending the funeral of a religious leader,” WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a briefing in Geneva…

Vaccination Gaps Lead to Dangerous Measles Outbreaks in Europe-ECDC
LONDON — Gaps in vaccination coverage against measles have led to several outbreaks of the highly-contagious disease in Europe in the past year, with both children and young adults affected, health officials said on Monday.
During the first two months of 2017, more than 1,500 measles cases were reported from 14 European countries due to “an accumulation of unvaccinated individuals”, said officials from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
In 10 countries — Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Spain and Sweden — the number of cases reported in January-February 2017 was more than double that of the first two months of 2016.
“It is unacceptable to hear that children and adults are dying from disease where safe and cost-effective vaccines are available,” Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU’s health commissioner, said in response to the ECDC’s data.
April 24, 2017 – By REUTERS

Wall Street Journal,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 29 April 2017
Startup Moderna Shows Promise in Vaccine Trial
By Jonathan D. Rockoff
April 27, 2017 12:00 pm ET
Moderna Therapeutics, the most highly valued startup in health care, said early results from a small trial to treat the avian flu virus with its experimental vaccine showed promise.