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 27 May 2017
Germany vaccination: Fines plan as measles cases rise
26 May 2017
Parents in Germany who fail to seek medical advice on vaccinating their children could face fines of up to €2,500 (£2,175; $2,800).
Health Minister Hermann Gröhe said it was necessary to tighten the law because of a measles epidemic…


New York Times
Accessed 27 May 2017
German Kindergartens Must Report Parents for Refusing Vaccine Advice Under New Law
Germany will pass a law next week obliging kindergartens to inform the authorities if parents fail to provide evidence that they have received advice from their doctor on vaccinating their children, the health ministry said on Friday….
May 26, 2017 – By REUTERS

AP Exclusive: Outgoing WHO Head Practiced Art of Appeasement
LONDON — As the World Health Organization struggled to coordinate vaccine production during the 2009 swine flu pandemic, its director-general met with Vladimir Putin, then Russia’s prime minister, during an official visit to

AP Exclusive: UN Health Agency Slammed for High Travel Costs

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Accessed 27 May 2017
Are We Now Ready for Ebola?
By Betsy McKay, Nicholas Bariyo
May 26, 2017 11:27 am ET
The deadly Ebola virus is back, and the world is responding more aggressively this time. But it’s still not as prepared as it needs to be to thwart deadly infectious disease threats, despite the hard lessons of the last epidemic.

New York City Issues Zika Travel Warning
By Melanie Grayce West
May 25, 2017 6:13 pm ET
In advance of the summer travel season, New York City health officials on Thursday stepped up warnings to would-be parents about the threat of contracting Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to serious birth defects in babies and, in some cases, in utero deaths.


Washington Post
Accessed 27 May 2017
Imams in U.S. take on the anti-vaccine movement during Ramadan
Lena H. Sun · Health-Environment-Science · May 26, 2017

Minnesota’s measles outbreak is about to exceed the total number of cases reported in the entire United States last year, with no sign of slowing. Health officials worry that the start of the holy month of Ramadan, which began Friday night and brings Muslims together in prayer and festivities, will accelerate the spread of the highly infectious and potentially deadly disease, which is plaguing the close-knit Somali American community.

Minnesota health officials are working closely with faith leaders in an unprecedented effort to spread the message that parents should get their children vaccinated and keep them home if they show symptoms of the disease. It’s the first time that imams in the United States have taken such an active role in a public health crisis, health officials and Somali Americans said.

The imams are up against the anti-vaccine movement, which in recent years has targeted the Somali American community with misinformation linking the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine to autism, a claim that extensive research has disproved. Somali American children in Minnesota had a vaccination rate of 92 percent in 2004, higher than the state average, but that rate has dropped to 42 percent, leaving children vulnerable to disease…