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 14 April 2018
Tanzania launches early-age cervical cancer vaccine
10 April 2018
More than 600,000 girls in Tanzania have started receiving vaccines to prevent cervical cancer. Girls aged between nine an 14 are being targeted to protect them from developing the illness at an early age….
Accessed 14 April 2018
Anti-Vax Hospital Workers Using Religious Exemption Put Patients At Risk, With Help From EEOC
Steven Salzberg, Contributor
The EEOC is suing hospitals over vaccination requirements, prompted by employees who are claiming a “religious” exemption. No major religion opposes vaccines, but anti-vaxxers use these exemptions as cover for their mistaken beliefs. The EEOC can find better things to do.

New York Times
Accessed 14 April 2018
Brazil Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign Far Short of Goal
Brazil’s yellow fever vaccination efforts have fallen significantly short of their goal, the Health Ministry acknowledged this week, and an official said Friday that more than 16 million people in the targeted population still need to be immunized.

Ruth Nussenzweig, Who Pursued Malaria Vaccine, Dies at 89
Dr. Nussenzweig’s research into one of the world’s most deadly diseases laid the groundwork for an approach once thought beyond reach.
12 April 2018

Pakistan Launches New Polio Vaccination Drive
8 April 2018
A Pakistani official says authorities have launched a new polio vaccination drive, aiming to reach 38.7 million children under the age of 5. Pakistan is one of few countries where polio is still endemic, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria. Dr. Rana Mohammad Safdar, the national coordinator for polio eradication, says that some 260,000 polio workers will take part in the campaign, which started on Monday. He says authorities hope a similar campaign will soon be launched in the tribal regions.

Washington Post
Accessed 14 April 2018
FDA Launches Criminal Investigation Into Unauthorized Herpes Vaccine Research
Marisa Taylor, Kaiser Health News · National · Apr 12, 2018

Anti-vaccine reviewers target children’s books on Amazon
Ben Guarino · National/health-science · Apr 9, 2018