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 20 January 2018
Gates Foundation Funds Research For New Synthetic Malaria Vaccine
Jennifer Kite-Powell, Contributor
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awards the Wistar Institute $1.4 million to research new synthetic DNA malaria vaccine.

The Guardian
Accessed 20 January 2018
Mother and daughter shot dead while immunising children from polio in Pakistan
Prime minister condemns attack by gunmen in south-western city of Quetta, where two policemen also died in separate incident
Fri 19 Jan 2018
Haroon Janjua in Islamabad
The attack took place as hundreds of polio teams, many of them volunteers, were out working on a campaign against the disease, police official Naseebullah Khan said.
Sakina Bibi, 50, and her 20-year-old daughter, Alizah, were providing polio immunisation drops to children when two gunmen riding on a motorcycle shot them. “Both died on their way to the hospital,” said Khan.
It is the latest in a string of attacks on attempts to prevent children from contracting the crippling and sometimes deadly disease…
New York Times
Accessed 20 January 2018
Gov’t Scientists Scramble to Save Research Ahead of Shutdown
The nation’s premier medical research institute is in “a scramble” to prepare for a partial government shutdown that could ruin costly experiments and leave sick patients unable to enter cutting-edge studies, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Inst…
January 18, 2018 – By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – U.S. – Print Headline: “Gov’t Scientists Scramble to Save Research Ahead of Shutdown”

What We Can Learn From ‘S-Hole Countries’
African nations are ahead of the U.S. in some respects.
January 18, 2018 – By NICHOLAS KRISTOF – Opinion
…Rwanda may eliminate cervical cancer before America, for Rwanda vaccinates virtually all girls against the human papillomavirus, which causes cervical cancer. By also employing screenings for older women who were not vaccinated, it aims to eliminate cervical cancer by 2020. In contrast, only 65 percent of American girls get vaccinated for HPV, and a woman dies every two hours in the U.S. from cervical cancer. “I wish parents in the U.S. worked as hard as those in Rwanda to get their daughters vaccinated, so that they will never need to know the horrors of cervical cancer,” says Dr. Seth Berkley, chief executive of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles
Changing minds on vaccination is very difficult, but it isn’t so important when a law can change behavior.
January 16, 2018 – By EMILY OSTER and GEOFFREY KOCKS
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Accessed 20 January 2018
An Action Plan for Averting the Next Flu Pandemic
By Jonathan D. Quick
This year’s flu outbreak is unusually bad, but it could be much worse. It’s time to accelerate a range of public-health measures, including work on a universal vaccine.

More Than 1,600 New Yorkers Hospitalized for Flu in One Week
Jan. 18, 2018 5:58 pm ET
The 1,606 New Yorkers sent to the hospital in the past week with lab-confirmed flu is the highest weekly number since the state health department’s reporting began in 2004.