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.
 
Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 22 July 2017
When The Drug You Need Doesn’t Make Money
Jul 18, 2017
Alison Bateman-House, Contributor
What do we do when there is no market incentive to create a drug that benefits patients?

New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 22 July 2017
U.N. Hopes for Lull in Syria Battles With Islamic State for Polio Campaign
19 July 2017
GENEVA — The United Nations is hoping that battles against Islamic State in Syria will calm sufficiently for it to carry out a vaccination drive against polio, starting on Saturday, U.N. agencies said on Wednesday.
The World Health Organization is trying to eradicate polio globally, so the 27 cases of the crippling childhood disease that have surfaced around the Syrian battlefields of Deir al-Zor and Raqqa represent a small but crucial setback.
The United Nations is “in communication with all parties in Deir al-Zor and Raqqa regarding ceasefire days” to allow the vaccination campaign to go ahead, the United Nations’ children’s agency UNICEF said in a polio situation report.
It did not say whether the United Nations was talking directly to Islamic State fighters, who are under assault by U.S.-backed forces in Raqqa city and besieging Syrian government forces in Deir al-Zor, nor did it say if any party had agreed to observe a ceasefire on any part of the battlefield.
Other U.N. agencies confirmed the hope of carrying out vaccinations…

Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/home-page?_wsjregion=na,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 22 July 2017
New CDC Chief Lays Out Priorities as Agency Faces Cuts
By Betsy McKay
July 16, 2017 4:25 pm ET
Brenda Fitzgerald, the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said she will prioritize a wide range of public health issues, from fighting infectious disease to strengthening early-childhood development.