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 Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 10 February 2018
Prescriptions for fighting epidemics
8 February 2018
EPIDEMICS have plagued humanity since the dawn of settled life. Yet success in conquering them remains patchy. That is because the standard response, in the words of the World Bank’s president Jim Yong Kim, is a cycle of “panic, neglect, panic, neglect”. It need not be that way, argues Jonathan Quick in “The End of Epidemics”. A doctor and a public-health veteran who has worked in more than 70 countries and at the World Health Organisation (WHO), Mr Quick rounds up examples of failures and triumphs to show what stops epidemics from flaring up.

Why the current flu crisis is so severe – The Economist explains
7 February 2018
… As a result, the current flu vaccine, developed early last year, has been less effective than usual. Reports from Australia, where the flu season arrives half a year earlier than in the north, plus early analysis from Canada, indicate efficacy against H3N2 as low as 10%, instead of the more typical 30%-60%.
 
Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 10 February 2018
Pneumonia is the single biggest killer of children in world’s poorest countries
5 February 2018
Letter by Kevin Watkins, Harry Campbell, Kim Mulholland, Devi Sridhar
…Aid donors and pharmaceutical companies have a role to play. Development agencies should be attaching as much weight to pneumonia as they are to other killers, like malaria. That means supporting the development of national action plans to combat the disease, while building more effective public-private partnerships. Far more could be done through Gavi, the Global Vaccines Alliance, to lower the price and extend the reach of vaccines. We also believe aid donors and companies could be doing more to ensure that advances in diagnostic technologies and treatments reach the most disadvantaged children.
 
 
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 10 February 2018
Sanofi Rejects Philippine Plea for Refund on Used Vaccines
5 February 2018
A Sanofi Pasteur official said Monday that the French drugmaker couldn’t comply with the Philippines’ request for a refund of dengue vaccines injected on hundreds of thousands of children because it would imply that the drug is ineffective. Thomas Triomphe, Sanofi Pasteur’s Asia-Pacific chief, told a House of Representatives hearing that it’s clear in “absolute terms” that the Philippines would reduce dengue infections more by using the company’s Dengvaxia vaccine than by halting its use.

Sanofi: No Proof That Vaccine Linked to Philippines Deaths
Drugmaker Sanofi insists there’s no evidence of a link between the world’s first dengue vaccine and chil   dren’s deaths in the Philippines.
Feb 7, 2018