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 27 Oct 2018  
The Main Suspect Behind an Ominous Spike in a Polio-like Illness
A common virus seems to be behind a puzzling condition that’s paralyzing children, but uncertainties remain.
Ed Yong
Oct 25, 2018
 
 
BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 27 Oct 2018  
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 27 Oct 2018  
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 27 Oct 2018  
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 27 Oct 2018
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 27 Oct 2018  
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 27 Oct 2018  
Bashar al-Assad is Waging Biological War—By Neglect
By deliberately destroying and degrading public health infrastructure, the Syrian regime is reviving long-eradicated diseases and killing civilians.
Argument | October 24, 2018
Annie Sparrow
Biological warfare is generally understood as the deliberate wartime introduction of a lethal pathogen with the intent to kill or maim. Syria under President Bashar al-Assad is pursuing a sinister variation—one with long and dangerous historical precedents. Assad’s government has allowed pathogens normally controlled by public health measures—such as clean water, sanitation, waste disposal, vaccination, and infection control—to emerge as biological weapons
Assad’s government has allowed pathogens normally controlled by public health measures—such as clean water, sanitation, waste disposal, vaccination, and infection control—to emerge as biological weapons through the deliberate destruction and withholding of those measures. The conflict has in effect reversed public health advances to achieve levels of disease not seen since the Napoleonic era…
 
 
The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 27 Oct 2018
Ebola
Wave of rebel attacks leads to surge in DRC Ebola cases
Jason Burke , Africa correspondent
Thu 25 Oct 2018
…The outbreak is centred on the North Kivu and Ituri provinces, both wracked by armed rebellion and ethnic killing since two civil wars in the late 1990s.
In the city of Butembo, militia killed two members of the medical unit of the Congo’s army on Saturday. The same day, 11 civilians and one soldier were killed in the city of Beni, where scores of people have contracted the virus.
The rebels also attacked Congolese army positions and abducted a dozen children aged between five and 10. Another five people died in an attack near Goma, the capital of North Kivu, on Tuesday.
The new violence comes amid warnings from international health officials that the outbreak could worsen significantly unless the response to the lethal virus is intensified
 
 
New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 27 Oct 2018
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 27 Oct 2018
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/home-page?_wsjregion=na,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 27 Oct 2018
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 27 Oct 2018
Drop in adult flu vaccinations may be factor in last season’s record-breaking deaths, illnesses
Lena H. Sun · Oct 25, 2018