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 Atlantic
Accessed 28 April 2018
What Bill Gates Fears Most
The threat of a flu pandemic clouds even his legendary optimism, so he’s launching an initiative to prevent one.
Apr 27, 2018
The Economist
Accessed 28 April 2018
A killer in the making – A strain of typhoid could become virtually untreatable
Drug-resistance makes a bug extremely worrying
Apr 28th 2018

Universal health care, worldwide, is within reach
28 April 2018

Foreign Affairs
Accessed 28 April 2018
The New Killer PathogensCountering the Coming Bioweapons Threat
Kate Charlet
May/June 2018   Essay
New York Times
Accessed 28 April 2018
Infant Deaths Fall Sharply in Africa With Routine Antibiotics
25 April 2017
Two doses a year of an antibiotic can sharply cut death rates among infants in poor countries, perhaps by as much as 25 percent among the very young, researchers reported on Wednesday. Their large study of nearly 200,000 children in three African countries — raises the exciting possibility that deploying antibiotics as doctors do vaccines could rapidly reduce deaths among newborns and infants…
EU wants coordinated vaccine push against measles, other diseases
26 April 2018
The European Commission urged EU member states on Thursday to cooperate more closely in fighting diseases such as measles and flu, saying vaccines against them were among the most powerful and cost-effective public health measures. Setting out the Commission’s plans, health and food safety commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said all European Union member states should develop and implement national or regional vaccination plans by 2020 and include in them a target of at least 95 percent coverage for measles…

STAT news
The vaccine dilemma: how experts weigh benefits for many against risks for a few [Dengvaxia]
By Helen Branswell  | 23 April 2018.