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.

Economic Times
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/
Accessed 6 May 2017
Modi government advances immunisation programme deadline to 2018 
1 May 2017
…The Prime Minister’s Office has advanced the deadline for the Centre’s immunisation programme, Mission Indradhanush, by more than a year and asked the health ministry to strive to complete it by December 2018…

Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 6 May 2017
A New Hope: Vaccine Supply Chains Get More Attention
1 May 2017
Bruce Y. Lee Contributor
…Now, with a just-published special issue of the journal Vaccine entitled “Building Next-Generation Immunization Supply Chains,” vaccine supply chains are finally getting more deserved time in the limelight…
 

The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 6 May 2017
Nigeria battles to beat polio and Boko Haram
Northern Nigeria is the frontline in two wars: the disease and the brutal rebels who reject the west’s influence
Tracy McVeigh
Saturday 6 May 2017 19.03 EDT
…This is the “flag-off” in Ungogo, Kano state. The party marks the first of four days of intense work by an army of volunteers, mostly young mothers, who will go door to door across Nigeria. Some will pass through thousands of twisting warrens of slums fanning out into the red-orange, mud-built hamlets and reed-thatched huts. Others will visit the crumbling concrete city blocks, slipping drops of polio vaccine into as many of the 30 million Nigerian children under five as they can find.
Their capes bear the slogan: “Lafiyar al’ummarmu hakkin kowa da kowa ne” – “The health of the child is the responsibilty of all.” The lunchboxes are filled with ice and polio vaccine. They have marker pens to dab on the finger of each treated child and chalk to mark every house wall they visit, marking which child was vaccinated and when. No one is to be missed out…

New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 6 May 2017
Minnesota Sees Largest Outbreak of Measles in Almost 30 Years
Health officials are grappling with the largest outbreak of measles in Minnesota in almost 30 years, which is mainly sickening young children of Somali immigrants who fell under the sway of anti-vaccination activists.
The state has reported 44 confirmed cases of measles since April 11, and the outbreak is the largest this year in the United States, which had essentially eradicated the disease in 2000 before discredited research stoked fears of a link between vaccines and autism.
As of Thursday, 11 patients have been hospitalized, Doug Schultz, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Health, said on Friday. It is the largest outbreak in the state since 1990, when 460 cases were reported. All of the patients, with the exception of an adult health care worker, were children younger than 10. Most were under 5, he said.
May 05, 2017 – By CHRISTOPHER MELE

Julius Youngner, Polio Vaccine Pioneer, Dies at 96
[See Milestones/Perspectives above for full text]

The Opinion Pages | Editorial
1 May 2017
Populism, Politics and Measles
[See Milestones/Perspectives above for full text]