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 25 Aug 2018
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Accessed 25 Aug 2018
Russia trolls ‘spreading vaccination misinformation’ to create discord
24 August 2018
Social media bots and Russian trolls have been spreading disinformation about vaccines on Twitter to create social discord and distribute malware, US researchers say.
Troll accounts that had attempted to influence the US election had also been tweeting about vaccines, a study says.
Many posted both pro- and anti-vaccination messages to create “false equivalency”, the study found..

The Economist
Accessed 25 Aug 2018
Vaccination faltersAnti-vax fears drive a measles outbreak in Europe
Immunity rates in parts of Europe are lower than in some African countries
Print edition | Europe
Aug 25th 2018

Financial Times
Accessed 25 Aug 2018
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Accessed 25 Aug 2018
Aug 25, 2018,
The Vaccination Debacle
Julian Vigo Contributor
The topic of vaccination invariably provokes polarized debates, often manifesting in Twitter and Facebook. This is the case on my wall at this moment after I posted an article about the recent measles outbreak in Europe which shows 41,000 cases of measles recorded during first six months of 2018 surpassing the annual totals of every year since 2013. This is not chicanery, this is not scare-mongering. This is a fact. And the level of vitriol surrounding this subject is par with debates about gun control while the debate looks more like faith-based debates around Creationism being taught in schools…


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 25 Aug 2018
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Foreign Policy
Accessed 25 Aug 2018
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The Guardian
Accessed 25 Aug 2018
Ebola: medics brace for new cases as DRC outbreak spreads
WHO says 103 confirmed and probable cases in outbreak centred in North Kivu province
Jason Burke, Africa correspondent
Fri 24 Aug 2018
An outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reached a pivotal moment and now endangers medical teams fighting to stop the spread of the disease, health workers have said.
Dr Peter Salama, the World Health Organisation’s emergencies chief, said there were 103 confirmed and probable cases in the outbreak, which is centred in the eastern province of North Kivu, and that another wave of cases was expected…

New Yorker
Accessed 25 Aug 2018
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New York Times
Accessed 25 Aug 2018
Congo: 2 Who Received Experimental Ebola Treatment Recover
By The Associated Press
Aug. 25, 2018
KINSHASA, Congo — Congo’s health ministry says two of the first 10 people to receive an experimental treatment for the Ebola virus in the latest outbreak have recovered, and monitoring could show what role the treatment played.
The head of the World Health Organization on Saturday congratulated Congo’s government for making several experimental treatments available in this Ebola outbreak, calling it “a global first, and a ray of hope for people with the disease.”
The two people received the mAb114 treatment isolated from a survivor of an Ebola outbreak in 1995. It was the first of five experimental treatments Congo approved for use in the outbreak that was declared on Aug. 1. The others are ZMapp, Remdesivir, Favipiravir and Regn3450 – 3471 – 3479…

Brazil Health Ministry Says 4 Million Kids Need Vaccinations
Brazil’s health officials say more than 4 million children still need to be vaccinated against measles.
Aug. 24, 2018

UN Warns of a Possible New Cholera Epidemic in Yemen
| 22 August 2018
The United Nations is warning of a possible “third wave” of the cholera epidemic in Yemen, which is already “the largest outbreak on record.” …


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Accessed 25 Aug 2018
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Washington Post
Accessed 25 Aug 2018
Russian trolls and Twitter bots exploit vaccine controversy
Carolyn Y. Johnson · Aug 23, 2018
Public health experts battling dangerous misinformation about the safety of vaccines have a new foe: Twitter bots and Russian trolls.
Researchers found bots and Russian trolls mentioned vaccines more often than the average Twitter account over a three-year period, but for different reasons. Russian trolls stoked the debate by tweeting pro- and anti-vaccine messages in an apparent attempt to sow division, while bots that spread malicious software appeared to use anti-vaccine messages that inflame strong responses from both sides to attract clicks.
“Apparently only the elite get ‘clean’ #vaccines. And what do we, normal ppl, get?! #VaccinateUS,” a Russian troll account tweeted in one of the messages that stood out to researchers because of the unusual line it drew between vaccine fearmongering and income inequality…