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 July 2017
The HPV Vaccine Saves Lives, So Why Aren’t More Kids Getting It?
David DiSalvo, Contributor
24 July 2017
The HPV vaccine is safe, effective, and it saves lives—so why are so few children getting vaccinated?

Foreign Policy
Accessed 29 July 2017
The Next AIDS Pandemic
Laurie Garrett | July 26, 2017
Funding cuts to key U.S. programs that support medicine and treatment are coming. And with a booming African population and drug-resistant strains on the rise, the future is grim.

New York Times
Italy Approves Hotly Contested Mandatory Vaccine Program
Italy’s parliament on Friday gave final approval to making a slate of childhood vaccinations mandatory for school children up to age 16, a move aimed at countering an anti-vaccine trend that officials have attributed to misinformation.

Whooping Cough Cases Double in Indiana in a Year, Prompting a Call to Vaccinate
There were 136 confirmed cases of whooping cough in the state in the first half of 2017, compared with 66 in the first half of 2016, but an expert was not alarmed.
July 27, 2017 – By MAGGIE ASTOR

Romania to Pass Vaccination Law to Deal With Immunisation Gaps
Romania needs to pass a vaccination law and overhaul medical services to prevent the spread of a measles outbreak that has already claimed 32 deaths, the most of any European country, the health ministry said late on Wednesday.
July 27, 2017 – By REUTERS –

Yemen Cholera Epidemic Slowing After Infecting 400,000
Yemen’s cholera outbreak is set to hit 400,000 cases on Tuesday but there are signs the three-month-old epidemic is slowing, according to World Health Organization data analyzed by Reuters.
July 25, 2017 – By REUTERS –

The Drug Maker Sanofi’s New Dengue Vaccine
Sanofi takes issue with a claim that Big Pharma ignores sickness in developing countries.
July 24, 2017 – – Opinion

‘No Jab, No Play’: How Australia Is Handling the Vaccination Debate
States are moving to punish child care centers that enroll the unvaccinated, dismissing the objections of those who resist immunization without a valid medical reason.
July 24, 2017 – By ADAM BAIDAWI