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 3 February 2018
3 Feb 2018
Philippines gripped by dengue vaccine fears

Accessed 3 February 2018
Despite Doubters, Moderna Raises $500 Million, Is Now Worth $7 Billion
Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff
Moderna Therapeutics, a biotechnology firm that is developing drugs that work on a genetic messaging system that is essentially to all living cells, has raised $500 million from a group of new and current investors.

Huffington Post UK
Accessed 3 February 2018
Why It’s Our Duty To Get Immunised
| 29 January 2018
…The flu outbreak is just one example of a crisis which could have been averted if the public was more proactive in its approach to managing its own health. The flu vaccine is widely available, for the price of a cinema ticket and at multiple convenient locations on the high street, ranging from independent pharmacies to high street chains and even supermarkets.

New York Times
Accessed 3 February 2018
U.S. Flu Outbreak Worsens; Hospitalizations Highest in Nearly a Decade: CDC
The U.S. flu outbreak worsened over the past week as more people headed to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms, with hospitalizations at the highest in nearly 10 years, U.S. health officials said on Friday.
Feb. 2, 2018

India Wants to Give Half a Billion People Free Health Care
1 February 2018
India announced on Thursday a sweeping plan to give half a billion poor Indians free access to health care, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to address rising demands for greater economic and social protections before national elections next year….The health care plan, part of the government’s 2018-19 budget presented on Thursday, would offer 100 million families up to 500,000 rupees, or about $7,860, of coverage each year. That sum, while small by Western standards, would be enough to cover the equivalent of five heart surgeries in India. Officials did not outline eligibility requirements, and many details of the program have yet to be finalized.

Scientific American
Accessed 3 February 2018
Seth Berkley: A Completely Preventable Public Health Crisis
1 February 2018
An outbreak of diphtheria in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh makes it clear that these people were living in substandard conditions before they fled Myanmar
… This deadly respiratory disease is as preventable as it is infectious, thanks to one of the most widely available vaccines in the world. So, while the densely populated conditions may have facilitated the spread of the disease, the refugee camps are not the cause. The fact that there is a diphtheria outbreak in the first place is a clear indication that these people did not have access to even the most basic vaccines and brings into question the conditions they were living in before they arrived at the camp. This outbreak is not the product of conditions within the camps, but rather a deadly legacy of the conditions in which they had been living before they fled Myanmar.