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 16 Jun 2018
The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?
The epidemics of the early 21st century revealed a world unprepared, even as the risks continue to multiply. Much worse is coming.
Ed Yong   July/August 2018 Issue

Financial Times
Accessed 16 Jun 2018
Chinese medical tourism exacerbates shortage of HPV vaccine
15 June 2018
…Merck said it was “experiencing temporary supply constraints in some markets for our HPV vaccine”, citing Hong Kong as an area where supplies were insufficient to meet demand. “We currently expect that these constraints will continue throughout the coming year,” it added…But the shift in destinations appears to have created new shortages. Two hospitals in Malaysia and one in Singapore that are recommended in online forums for Chinese women told the FT that they had run out of stock of Gardasil.
New York Times
Accessed 16 Jun 2018
June 15
Fighting the Nipah Virus
Infectious disease specialists say the global community must invest in further research about vaccination and treatment.

June 14
‘They’re at Risk:’ Congo’s Taxi Drivers Fear Ebola’s Spread
Propped against his motorcycle taxi outside a hospital in the city affected by Congo’s latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Jean Cedric waved a hand in the air, showing his fear about the risks of his job.

June 12
‘We Are Still at War’ With Ebola-WHO Chief
The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday cautioned against declaring victory too early in Congo’s Ebola epidemic, despite encouraging signs that it may be brought under control.

June 12
Business Day
GSK Says Vaccine Business President to Leave by Year-End
GlaxoSmithKline Plc said the president of its vaccines business, Luc Debruyne, would leave the company at the end of the year.

Accessed 16 Jun 2018
Seth Berkley: Do we keep waiting for the next pandemic or try to prevent it?
14 June 2018
…Global trends are steadily altering the global health landscape, making it easier for disease to spread. Despite the scientific and medical advances of the last century, climate change, population growth, human migration, urbanization, vaccine hesitancy, and antimicrobial resistance could start to make future outbreaks increasingly difficult to contain…

Washington Post
Accessed 16 Jun 2018
Kids in these U.S. hot spots at higher risk because parents opt out of vaccinations
Lena H. Sun · National/health-science · Jun 12, 2018