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
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/
Accessed 12 May 2018
The New Ebola Outbreak Could Take ‘Three Months’ to Control
Ed Yong   May 11, 2018
The DRC ministry of health is also considering whether to deploy an experimental Ebola vaccine that has proven its effectiveness in clinical .
 

Huffington Post
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/
Accessed 12 May 2018
Why The World Needs Pop-up Vaccine Factories
10 May 2018
Dr Harris Makatsoris, Professor of Manufacturing Operations in the Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre at Cranfield University
… The existing model for manufacturing vaccines is geared towards the economies of scale demanded by commerce: huge factories producing a product for a global market. Cranfield is working closely with Imperial on the engineering and manufacturing aspects of the Hub to find workable models of production: novel kinds of processing equipment, strategies for supply chains, storage and distribution linked to the pop-up operations. Once data has been analysed and models tested as digital versions, there are expected to be trials of working operations in the partner countries in 2019.
Ultimately, the work of the Hub is about independence – enabling more countries, and particularly those in the developing world, to access a cost-effective way of meeting their needs for vaccines as they arise rather than being dependent on systems of global business. At the heart of the threat from pandemics is the issue of globalisation, of a world that has been shrinking, where there are very few locations or communities that aren’t inter-linked in some way with every other. Inter-dependencies continue to grow and become more complex, meaning, in many cases including health, we can’t afford to think solely in terms of national interests.
 
 
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 12 May 2018
Health
Ebola Erupts Again in Africa, Only Now There’s a Vaccine
12 May 2018

Security Tight as Pakistan Starts 5-Day Anti-Polio Drive
7 May 2018
A Pakistani health official says a five-day anti-polio drive has been launched in the country to vaccinate millions of children under five years of age against the crippling disease. Aimal Khan, a spokesman with the anti-polio drive, says the campaign was launched on Monday amid tight security. He says a total of 23.8 million children are to be vaccinated in the campaign, which involves a total of 161,000 health workers in 109 districts…