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 19 August 2017
UK rations hepatitis B vaccine amid global shortage
8 Aug 2017
UK health officials are putting a temporary limit on who can have a hepatitis B vaccination because stocks are running low.
The move is in response to the wider, global shortage of the jab caused by manufacturing issues.
UK travellers are being told they may not be able to get it before they leave Britain for higher-risk countries…

Foreign Affairs
Accessed 19 August 2017
Global Health Gets a Checkup: Interview with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
September/October 2017

New York Times
Accessed 19 August 2017
Yellow Fever Outbreak That Threatened Brazil’s Megacities Ends
An alarming surge in cases that started in January appears to have stopped short of the country’s largest cities, health officials reported.
August 05, 2017 – By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr –

Washington Post
Accessed 19 August 2017
UN completes first round of Syria polio vaccination campaign
The United Nations says the first round of a vaccination campaign following a polio outbreak in eastern Syria has been completed.
Fran Equiza, the UNICEF representative to Syria, says the relief agency teamed up with the World Health Organization and local partners to vaccinate 355,000 children under 5 years of age in the country’s Deir el-Zour and Raqqa provinces..
Associated Press Aug 18, 2017

Court: State can’t vaccinate kids in temporary custody
By Dave Collins | AP August 15
HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the state’s child welfare agency cannot vaccinate children placed temporarily in its custody when the parents object.
Justices said in the 7-0 decision that state law allows the Department of Children and Families to provide medical treatment to children in temporary state custody, but ruled that immunizing them against diseases does not constitute medical treatment.
The ruling overturned a lower court decision that allowed DCF to vaccinate two young children in its care. The lower court ruling was put on hold pending the appeal to the Supreme Court.
The case involved a couple, whose names were not disclosed, who oppose vaccinations on religious grounds…