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 23 Jun 2018
How Will Trump Lead During the Next Global Pandemic? – The Atlantic
“There is a real reason for us to be scared,” President Obama’s Ebola czar said.
Krishnadev Calamur
The next global epidemic is likely around the corner—and no amount of U.S. retrenchment from globalization will halt that outbreak at the U.S. border.
“There is a real reason for us to be scared of the idea of facing this threat with Donald Trump in the White House,”said Ron Klain, who served as President Obama’s Ebola czar, at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is cohosted by The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic. Klain said the “president is anti-science” and “trades in conspiracy theories.”
“All those things would lead to the loss of many lives in the event of an epidemic in the United States where we need the public not to trade in conspiracy theories, not to believe that the news was fake, but to respect scientific expertise,” said Klain, a veteran Democratic operative who served in both the Clinton and Obama administration…

Financial Times
Accessed 23 Jun 2018
Salvini ramps up rhetoric with attack on mandatory vaccines
23 June 2018
Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s far-right League, has dismissed mandatory vaccinations as “useless and in many cases dangerous” as he extended a streak of provocative statements since taking power as the dominant figure of the new populist government.
In a radio interview on Friday, Mr Salvini aligned himself squarely with Italy’s anti-vaccine movement, which has been fuelled by scepticism of established science and medicine. The movement was harshly critical of a law passed by the previous centre-left government requiring 10 mandatory vaccinations for school enrolment.
“We want to allow all kids to get into class, to go to school,” said Mr Salvini. “We will keep going because I believe that 10 mandatory vaccinations are useless, and in many cases dangerous if not harmful.”
Mr Salvini, the 45-year-old interior minister and vice-premier, has grabbed the Italian political spotlight since his new government — in alliance with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement — was sworn in on June 1 after a lengthy political stalemate.
Mr Salvini has developed a habit of daily, if not hourly, bombastic interventions that are challenging mainstream Italian policy and setting the political agenda. Mr Salvini’s comments on vaccinations come after a week in which he called for a “census” of Italy’s Roma population to identify anyone who should be deported, threatened to remove a police escort protecting Roberto Saviano, the anti-mafia author, and launched a barrage of attacks on non-governmental organisation rescue ships saving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.
Mr Salvini’s attack on vaccines is notable because it goes well beyond his ministerial remit, as well as the “contract” setting out the terms of the League’s alliance in government with Five Star.
New York Times
Accessed 23 Jun 2018
Dr. Adel Mahmoud, 76, Dies; Credited With Major Vaccines
19 June 2018
Dr. Adel Mahmoud, an infectious-disease expert who played a vital role in the development of lifesaving vaccines, died on June 11 in Manhattan. He was 76. His death, at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, was caused by a brain hemorrhage, his wife, Dr. Sally Hodder, said. As president of Merck Vaccines from 1998 until 2006, Dr. Mahmoud oversaw the creation and marketing of several vaccines that brought major advances in public health. One prevents rotavirus infection, a potentially fatal cause of diarrhea in babies. Another protects against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cancers of the cervix, anus, genitals and middle of the throat…

Washington Post
Accessed 23 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 20, 2018