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 7 October 2017
School vaccinations ‘cut cervical cancer alerts by 41%’
4 October 2017
The number of young women in Scotland showing early signs of potential cervical cancer has dropped by 41% since a school vaccination programme was introduced, researchers have said.
The University of Aberdeen study looked at women who had received the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine.
It found 758 women were referred for further investigation in 2013-2014, down from 1,294 in 2008-2009…

The Guardian
Accessed 7 October 2017
Global development
Trump policy set to hinder war on polio in Pakistan
Disease holding on in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria where there is mistrust of western governments who bankroll the vaccines
29 September 2017
…In Pakistan and Afghanistan, the big obstacle, experts say, is not lack of money to fight it, but mistrust of the western governments who bankroll the vaccines. Now Donald Trump could be about to deepen that mistrust. If the US president makes good on his bellicose threats to take a harder line on Pakistan, he will undoubtedly incite anti-US sentiments, which in the past have led to attacks on polio workers and prompted tribal leaders to ban vaccination campaigns…

New York Times
Accessed 7 October 2017
UN: More Should Have Been Done to Fight Cholera in Yemen
GENEVA — The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief says the agency could have acted faster and sent more vaccines to fight a massive, deadly surge of cholera cases in war-battered Yemen this year.
Dr. Peter Salama still expressed optimism that “we are turning (the) corner” on the preventable, water-borne disease that has topped 700,000 suspected cases and caused more than 2,000 deaths this year.
Salama spoke to reporters Tuesday as the U.N. agency and its partners laid out ambitious projects to reduce the number of annual cholera deaths by 90 percent by 2030…
In Yemen, the country’s 2-1/2 war has devastated the health system and public services and put the country on the brink of famine. Yemen had been set to receive a million doses of cholera vaccine over the summer but the government opted not to take them.
Salama said the Yemen government said it didn’t believe that would be enough.
“Could WHO and the cholera-specific partners have scaled up more quickly the case-management work, and could we have tried to mobilize more doses for cholera vaccine given the very limited supply globally of cholera vaccine? I think so — yes,” Salama said…

Washington Post
Accessed 7 October 2017
A mother refused to follow a court order to vaccinate her son. Now she’s going to jail.
By Kristine Phillips October 4, 2017
A Michigan woman will spend seven days in jail after she defied a judge’s order to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated.
Rebecca Bredow was sentenced for contempt of court Wednesday, nearly a year after an Oakland County judge ordered her to have her son vaccinated. Bredow had been given until Wednesday to get her son the medically allowed amount of vaccination, which would be up to eight vaccines. But the Detroit area mother, citing her religious beliefs, had refused to do so.
“I’m a passionate mother who cares deeply about my children, their health and their well-being. . . . If my child was forced to be vaccinated, I couldn’t bring myself to do it,” Bredow said during a court hearing, according to the Associated Press.
The jail sentence is the latest in an ongoing custody battle with her ex-husband, James Horne, who wants their son vaccinated and shares joint custody of the child…