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.

BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 17 March 2018
14 Mar 2018
First steps taken for vaccine pills
…UK scientists have taken the first steps towards creating new vaccine… treatments in pill form
 
The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 17 March 2018
Shooting up
Britain is slowly acquiring a pro-vax movement
Chickenpox parties could soon be a thing of the past
Mar 15th 2018
MANY parents may have fond-and-itchy memories of chickenpox parties. At these events infected children played with healthy ones, helping to strengthen immune systems. Now such shindigs face dwindling guest lists as more people pay to be vaccinated against chickenpox and other diseases.
Children are entitled to free vaccinations on the National Health Service for some diseases, like polio. For high-risk groups, such as those with long-term conditions, the list is extended. But where jabs are not covered, parents must pay…
 
The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 17 March 2018
Global Health
‘There are a lot of unknowns’: British scientists set to work on Zika vaccine
9 March 2018
Research begins on £4.7m project with scientific community still puzzled by concentrated but intense spate of birth defects in Brazil
Scientists in the UK have started work on developing a vaccine to protect women against the Zika virus. The £4.7m project, involving the universities of Manchester and Liverpool, and Public Health England, aims to have trials on humans up and running within the next three years. The news comes two and a half years after the Zika virus, which can lead to foetal abnormalities, began to appear in Brazil…
 
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 17 March 2018
Rumours, mistrust hinder Brazil yellow fever vaccine campaign
12 March 2018
…The vaccine is free at public health posts around the country, but Santos’ suspicion that someone must be profiting somewhere is typical of the current high levels of mistrust Brazilians hold for officialdom. Flagging faith in Brazil’s institutions amid a series of corruption scandals, a chaotic communications campaign promoting the vaccine, and the country’s decision to give partial doses to stretch supplies are contributing to rumors that the vaccine is a scam, weak or even dangerous.
That misinformation is scaring people away from the campaign that is trying to vaccinate more than 23 million people in areas of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Bahia states that until recently were not considered at risk for yellow fever. Nearly six weeks into the campaign, the Health Ministry says 76 percent of the target population has been vaccinated — far off its goal of 95 percent.
The current atmosphere of uncertainty and rumors around the vaccine is likely to make the last 20 percent very difficult to reach, hampering the efforts of Latin America’s biggest nation to contain its largest yellow fever outbreak in more than three decades…
 
Scientific American
https://www.scientificamerican.com/
Accessed 17 March 2018
Pakistan Is Racing to Combat the World’s First Extensively Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak
Rumors about poisoned vaccines are making this bacterial infection hard to control
14 March 2018
…Mariam’s doctors, it turned out, had reason to be concerned: A blood test revealed the typhoid strain Mariam carried was resistant to five classes of antibiotics typically used to treat the infection. Although resistance to three classes of typhoid medication—formally known as “multidrug-resistant” typhoid—had become common in Pakistan in recent decades, this extreme level of resistance was much worse. Mariam’s infection was designated “extensively drug resistant,” or XDR—meaning it would only respond to one powerful, broad-spectrum class of antibiotics: azithromycin, which is considered the last line of defense against typhoid…
 
Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 17 March 2018
Participants In Rogue Herpes Vaccine Research Take Legal Action
Marisa Taylor, Kaiser Health News   Mar 13, 2018