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/
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BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
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The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
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Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
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Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
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Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
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Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
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The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
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New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
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New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
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Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/home-page?_wsjregion=na,us&_homepage=/home/us
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Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
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Opinions
Italy’s right wing is waging a dangerous attack on vaccinations
Michael Gerson · Dec 10, 2018
… Italy’s right-wing coalition government — composed of conservatives and Internet-based populists (including former communists) — has provided a political home for the anti-vaccination movement. The hard core of that movement, according to public-health surveys, is quite small. But its arguments reinforce the questions and fears of a broader 15 to 20 percent of the Italian population who are seriously hesitant about vaccination.

A 2017 Italian law expanding the number of mandatory vaccinations from four to 10 produced significantly greater coverage, as well as a populist backlash. Italy’s new interior minister has said the requirements are “useless and in many cases dangerous.” One senator from the government coalition has compared vaccination scars to “branding for beasts.” The new health minister recently sacked the government’s entire, 30-member science advisory panel, presumably to obtain advice more amenable to populist ideology.

The arguments of the Italian anti-vaccination movement are the same as elsewhere. Its members believe vaccinations are somehow associated with either autism, tumors or allergies. Since there is no reputable science to support this view — none at all — they turn to the language of parental choice and “more freedom” for families in health care. And they often add a conspiratorial element, accusing Big Pharma of making a profit from unnecessary vaccinations…