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 18 Aug 2018
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BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 18 Aug 2018
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The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 18 Aug 2018
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Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 18 Aug 2018
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Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 18 Aug 2018
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Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 18 Aug 2018
How Congo Beat the Last Ebola Outbreak: The Crucial Role of International Cooperation
The Crucial Role of International Cooperation
By Ariana A. Berengaut
6 August 2018
Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 18 Aug 2018
Argument
Parents’ Fears Are the Chinese Communist Party’s Biggest Nightmare
A huge vaccine scandal hits at Beijing’s most vulnerable point: children’s safety.
By Charles Rollet
| July 31, 2018, 11:46 AM

The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 18 Aug 2018
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New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 18 Aug 2018
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New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 18 Aug 2018
Asia Pacific
China Fires 10 Officials Over Bad Vaccines as Anger Mounts
President Xi Jinping is trying to quell a national outcry over the scandal and restore confidence in the health care system.
Aug. 17, 2018   By Javier C. Hernández
BEIJING — The Chinese leadership, bowing to immense public pressure, has fired 10 officials and punished dozens more in connection with a scandal over faulty vaccines that has undermined President Xi Jinping and fueled parent protests.
The government said on Saturday that it had removed six senior officials at the China Food and Drug Administration for their role in a scandal that left hundreds of thousands of children with faulty vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. Another four officials accused of wrongdoing were fired on Thursday after a meeting of Mr. Xi and China’s top leaders.
The dismissals were the latest attempt to quell public anger over the affair, which has hurt confidence in the nation’s health care system and raised questions about Mr. Xi’s leadership. Criticism of officials and companies has swelled since news of the defective vaccines emerged on social media last month, and parents have organized protests to demand compensation for the affected families…

Asia Pacific
China Orders Recall From Overseas as Vaccine Scandal Churns
Investigators in China have begun recalling defective vaccines produced by a Chinese drugmaker from domestic and overseas markets, health authorities said.
Aug. 8, 2018
BEIJING — Investigators in China have begun recalling defective vaccines produced by a Chinese drugmaker from domestic and overseas markets, health authorities said.
Investigators found Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd. had blended expired fluids in its vaccines and falsified records from as early as April 2014, the National Health Commission said in a statement Tuesday.
The names of the overseas countries were not given, but the recall indicated the scandal gripping China may have spread to foreign markets, dealing a potentially heavy blow to the reputation of China’s sprawling pharmaceutical sector…

 
Sunday Review
Aug. 4, 2018
Anti-Vaccine Activists Have Taken Vaccine Science Hostage
The fear that even the slightest controversial findings will be distorted is leading to self-censorship.
By Melinda Wenner Moyer
 
Voice of America
Oral Cholera Vaccination Campaign in Yemen Falls Short
8 August 2018
More than one-quarter million people in Yemen have been immunized against cholera. But, the three-day oral cholera vaccination campaign, held by the World Health Organization and U.N. children’s fund between August 4 and 6, has fallen short of its mark by half.
The World Health Organization reports more than 3,000 local health workers have reached 266,000 people above the age of one with oral cholera vaccine. This is about half of the one-half million people WHO and partners had hoped to immunize against this deadly disease.
The three-day campaign took place in two districts of Yemen’s Hudeidah city and one district in Ibb Governorate. WHO Spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said these three districts were chosen because they were assessed to be the most vulnerable to an escalation of cholera.
He said health agencies are trying to prevent a recurrence of last year’s historic cholera epidemic.
“Yemen was facing the worst cholera outbreak with more than 1.1 million cases and more than 2,000 deaths.We want to preempt any possibility of new wave of cholera,” he said.
The World Health Organization warns Yemen may be on the brink of another cholera epidemic, which could be even worse than last year’s. This is because widespread malnutrition in this war-torn country has lessened peoples’ ability to fight off disease…

Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/home-page?_wsjregion=na,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 18 Aug 2018
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Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 18 Aug 2018
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