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 17 June 2017
14 Jun 2017
DR Congo polio outbreak ‘from poor vaccine coverage’

14 Jun 2017
Drone vaccine delivery trial for island nation Vanuatu
Lifesaving vaccines in the island nation of Vanuatu will soon be delivered to remote areas by drone.
A partnership between the government and the United Nations children’s fund (Unicef) will see a trial on drone medical delivery next year…
Vanuatu’s director general at the ministry of health said the test was a milestone for the small island nation.
“If the trial shows that vaccine delivery using drones can work, and that it can be integrated into our existing national and provincial systems, then it will change the way we operate forever,” George Taleo said.
Unicef said: “Ensuring vaccines are consistently available in isolated and remote communities is one of the keys to sustaining high rates of immunisation.”…

Accessed 17 June 2017
Gates Foundation And Rotary Pledge Additional $450 Million To End Polio
Michela Tindera, Forbes Staff
As the world inches closer toward eradicating polio, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and service organization Rotary will spend nearly half a billion dollars in an effort to eliminate the disease over the next three years.

New York Times
Accessed 17 June 2017
UN: Trucks Readied to Send Polio Vaccine for IS-Held Syria
GENEVA — A U.N. humanitarian aid adviser for Syria says trucks are being prepared to ship polio vaccine into Islamic State group-held areas of Deir el-Zour governorate following confirmation of a “very dangerous” outbreak …

Washington Post
Accessed 17 June 2017
The World Health Organization just picked a new leader. These are the challenges he faces.
15 June 2017
… Tedros may be in the impossible position of trying to satisfy too many demands with not nearly enough money. He and WHO will once again be tested. In his first news conference after his victory, Tedros suggested that he wanted to diversify the financial base of support of WHO by tapping other organizations such as the vaccine alliance GAVI, and by emulating UNICEF, which raises funds via high-profile Halloween collection boxes and sponsorship from the international soccer club Barcelona…