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 19 Jan 2019
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BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 19 Jan 2019
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The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 19 Jan 2019
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Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 19 Jan 2019
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Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 19 Jan 2019

PublicHealth
Jan 16, 2019,
What Andy Samberg And Sandra Oh Got Right At The Golden Globes: Vaccines Are Worth Celebrating
Bill Frist, Contributor
Last week at the Golden Globes, hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh made headlines as they tried to give out free flu shots to celebrities in the audience. This surprise stunt showed famous stars looking shocked and nervous as needle-wielding nurses descended from the stage to offer vaccinations. Samberg joked, “If you are an anti-vaxxer, just put a napkin on—perhaps over—your head and we will skip you.”
This segment certainly got laughs, but perhaps more importantly it got the flu vaccine—and vaccinations in general—back into public discourse…
 
 
Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 19 Jan 2019
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Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 19 Jan 2019
Ebola Has Gotten So Bad, It’s Normal
Africa isn’t just dealing with an outbreak anymore—and that’s bad news for everyone.
Laurie Garrett  January 15, 2019,
Nearly 600 people have contracted Ebola since last August in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, making the ongoing outbreak the second largest in the 43-year history of humanity’s battle with the deadly virus. And there is a genuine threat that this Congo health crisis—the 10th the African nation has faced—could become essentially permanent in the war-torn region bordering South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi, making a terrible transition from being epidemic to endemic.
Despite having a tool kit at its disposal that is unrivaled—including a vaccine, new diagnostics, experimental treatments, and a strong body of knowledge regarding how to battle the hemorrhage-causing virus—the small army of international health responders and humanitarian workers in Congo is playing whack-a-mole against a microbe that keeps popping up unexpectedly and proving impossible to control. This is not because of any special attributes of the classic strain of Ebola—the same genetic strain that has been successfully tackled many times before—but because of humans and their behaviors in a quarter-century-old war zone…
 
 
The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 19 Jan 2019
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New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 19 Jan 2019
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New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 19 Jan 2019
Jan. 14
New York Confronts Its Worst Measles Outbreak in Decades
The disease spread within ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities where vaccination rates are low and some are suspicious of government health workers.

Jan. 14
China Investigates Latest Vaccine Scandal After Violent Protests
   The inquiry comes after hundreds of Chinese parents demonstrated outside a local government office, angered that their children had received expired polio vaccines.
 
 
Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/home-page?_wsjregion=na,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 19 Jan 2019
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Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 19 Jan 2019
Rep.-elect Mark Green walks back claim that vaccines cause autism
By Felicia Sonmez
December 12, 2018
Rep.-elect Mark Green (R-Tenn.) is walking back comments at a town hall in which he promoted the conspiracy theory that vaccines cause autism and said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have “fraudulently managed” data on the topic.

Green, a physician who last month won the House seat being vacated by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), made the remarks Tuesday night in response to a question from a town hall attendee.

“Let me say this about autism,” Green said, according to a video of the exchange posted by the Tennessean. “I have committed to people in my community, up in Montgomery County, to stand on the CDC’s desk and get the real data on vaccines, because there is some concern that the rise in autism is the result of the preservatives that are in our vaccines.”

He added that, as a doctor, he could approach the issue “academically” and make his case against the CDC “if they really want to engage me on it.”

“But it appears that some of that data has been, honestly, maybe fraudulently managed,” he said.

In a statement Wednesday night, Green said that his comments about vaccines had been “misconstrued.”

“I want to reiterate my wife and I vaccinated our children, and we believe, and advise others they should have their children vaccinated,” he said…