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
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 31 March 2018
Brazil faces new yellow fever outbreak – and questions over lack of preparedness
The country plans to vaccinate its entire population against the lethal mosquito-borne disease but specialists doubt its capacity to do so
Dom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro
Wed 28 Mar 2018
As it struggles to control its second deadly yellow fever outbreak in consecutive years, Brazil’s government has said it will vaccinate everyone in this continent-sized country who is not already protected – which means giving injections to 77 million people by the end of 2019.
But although Brazil already recommends yellow fever vaccines in many areas of 23 of its 27 states, it has not been able to deliver on those recommendations, leaving many unprotected.
That has raised concerns from health specialists over whether Brazil can produce all the vaccine it needs in time – even though it is one of only four producers supplying the vaccine to the World Health Organisation.
And it has provoked fresh questions over why the country failed to stop the disease spreading after last year’s outbreak…
 
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 31 March 2018
Health
CDC Director Pledges to Bring Opioid Epidemic ‘to Its Knees’
The new director of the top U.S. public health agency on Thursday pledged to work to bring the nation’s opioid epidemic “to its knees” and said he believes the AIDS epidemic could be ended in three to seven years…During the 50-minute staff meeting at the CDC Thursday, Redfield said he is a firm believer in vaccines and other public health strategies for preventing disease and stopping its spread…
March 29

Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 31 March 2018
In emotional speech, CDC’s new leader vows to uphold science
by Lena H. Sun March 29
Robert Redfield Jr., the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gave a deeply personal agencywide address Thursday in which he repeatedly underscored the importance of science and data and said the CDC’s most critical public health mission is to protect Americans “from that which we don’t expect.”
The 66-year-old Redfield, a longtime AIDS researcher appointed to the job a week ago, was overcome by emotion twice during his brief remarks and a question-and-answer session. The University of Maryland medical professor had sought the top job at the CDC and the National Institutes of Health for more than a decade.
About 30 seconds into his address, he choked up and then regained his composure. He spoke of the honor of leading the best “science-based, data-driven agency in the world. I’ve dreamed of doing this for a long time.”
The 45-minute session at the CDC’s Atlanta headquarters, which employees were able to watch or listen to from locations across the United States and around the world, was well received by employees. Katherine Lyon-Daniel, CDC’s associate director of communications, asked him questions she said had been submitted in advance; they didn’t include any controversial topics…