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 26 August 2017
Zipline Is Launching The World’s Largest Drone Delivery Network In Tanzania
Leif Walcutt , Forbes Staf
Aug 24, 2017
One of the greatest challenges in global health is how countries can keep a proper supply of life-saving medicines in rural areas. In some, like Rwanda and Tanzania, governments keep low stock due to the high cost of storage — a reality known as “stock outs” — meaning it can sometimes take upwards of four hours for life-saving medical supplies to arrive.
Enter Zipline, a California-based logistics company that has been operating a blood delivery service in Rwanda since October 2016. It now transports 20% of the nation’s blood supply outside Kigali and announced Thursday plans to expand into Tanzania, where 68% of the country’s 55 million-person population resides in rural areas.
When fully in place, Zipline will have four distribution centers across Tanzania, offering a range of medical supplies becoming the largest drone delivery system in the world…

Why Opting Out of Vaccinations Puts The Greater Population At Risk
Aug 22, 2017
Given that vaccines cause immunity, then why are unvaccinated people considered a danger to the vaccinated ones? This question was originally answered on Quora by Tirumalai Kamala.

Washington Post
Accessed 26 August 2017
Despite measles outbreak, anti-vaccine activists in Minnesota refuse to back down
By Lena H. Sun
August 21, 2017
Minnesota’s worst measles outbreak in decades has un­expectedly energized anti-vaccine forces, who have stepped up their work in recent months to challenge efforts by public health officials and clinicians to prevent the spread of the highly infectious disease.

In Facebook group discussions, local activists have asked about holding “measles parties” to expose unvaccinated children to others infected with the virus so they can contract the disease and acquire immunity. Health officials say they are aware of the message posts but haven’t seen evidence that such parties are taking place.

The activists also are using social media to urge families who do not want to immunize their children or who believe their children have been harmed by vaccines to meet in Minneapolis this week with associates of Andrew Wakefield, the founder of the modern anti-vaccine movement. The associates have been touring the United States and abroad with the former doctor’s movie, “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe,” which repeats the debunked theory that vaccines cause autism and that scientists, pediatricians and the public health system are part of an elaborate conspiracy. A recent fundraiser at the clinic of a suburban Minneapolis pediatrician who supports “alternative vaccine schedules” benefited a second film that also will feature Wakefield, whose research has been retracted for falsehoods.

The activity in Minnesota has taken some immunization supporters and clinicians by surprise…