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.
The Guardian
Accessed 2 December 2017
Japanese Doctor wins 2017 John Maddox prize for countering HPV vaccine misinformation
30 November 2017
A Japanese doctor who has stood up to a campaign of misinformation around a common anti-cancer vaccine has won a prestigious prize for championing evidence in the face of hostility and personal threats.
Riko Muranaka at Kyoto University was awarded the 2017 John Maddox prize on Thursday for her efforts to explain the safety of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine amid strong opposition from anti-vaccine activists and a small group of academics.
Muranaka was praised by colleagues for her courage and leadership as she endured insults, litigation and attempts to undermine her professional status as the HPV vaccine came under attack in Japan. While the jab is used without fuss in many countries, in Japan and some other nations, fears raised by campaigners have hit vaccine uptake rates…

New Yorker
Accessed 2 December 2017
Lake Chad: The World’s Most Complex Humanitarian Disaster
A Reporter at Large  By Ben Taub
December 4, 2017 Issue
Boko Haram, climate change, predatory armies, and extreme hunger are converging on a marginalized population in Central Africa.
New York Times
Accessed 2 December 2017
Ravaged by Cholera, Yemen Faces 2nd Preventable Scourge: Diphtheria
Aid officials said the Saudi blockade of Yemen was now impeding their ability to fight diphtheria, once thought to have been largely eradicated.
December 01, 2017 – By RICK GLADSTONE – World – Print Headline: “Diphtheria Threatens To Escalate In Yemen”

Philippines Suspends Dengue Shots After Drug Firm’s Warning
More than 740,000 students have already received Dengvaxia vaccinations, which could pose health risks for people not previously infected.
December 01, 2017 – By FELIPE VILLAMOR
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Wall Street Journal,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 2 December 2017
In Rwanda, Drones Deliver Medical Supplies to Remote Areas
By Robert Lee Hotz
Dec. 1, 2017 5:48 am ET
Several drone companies are using cutting-edge technology to deliver essential medical supplies to remote areas—and, in the process, gaining experience that could be used for shipments in more densely populated places.