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 16 Feb 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 16 Feb 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
CNN
https://www.cnn.com/
Accessed 16 Feb 2019
Amid measles outbreaks, Facebook considering how to reduce spread of anti-vaccine content
By Jacqueline Howard, CNN
Updated 2:28 PM ET, Fri February 15, 2019
(CNN)Facebook is looking into suppressing certain anti-vaccine messaging on its social platform, a move that raises questions about free speech and public health.
“We’ve taken steps to reduce the distribution of health-related misinformation on Facebook, but we know we have more to do. We’re currently working with outside experts on additional changes that we’ll be announcing soon,” a representative for the social media giant said Friday.
In recent years, anti-vaccination groups have been vocal on Facebook, frequently sharing and posting information against vaccines and their safety. At the same time, there has been a rise in cases of measles and other infectious diseases across the United States…
…Arthur Caplan, a professor and founding head of the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Health in New York, said that he is “very supportive” of Facebook’s new efforts to police anti-vaccine messaging.
“They don’t have to be a platform for lying, for fearmongering, for inaccuracy, especially when children are put at risk,” said Caplan, who has written about anti-vaccination groups’ social media presence in the journal Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics.
“I’m not trying to say that somebody can’t take positions against vaccines on Facebook,” he said. “I know people are going to say this is an intrusion into free speech — many anti-vaxxers will say that — but no one is saying you can’t be anti-vaccination. What we’re saying is, you can’t lie. You can’t fearmonger.”…
 
 
The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 16 Feb 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 16 Feb 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 16 Feb 2019
Is There Any Benefit Of “Natural Immunity” When It Comes To Infections Like Measles?
In the midst of one of the largest worldwide measles outbreaks since the initiation of the measles vaccine, those with large social media platforms are spreading inaccurate medical information regarding the safety and efficacy of immunization…
By  Nina Shapiro  Contributor
 
 
Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 16 Feb 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 16 Feb 2019
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The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 16 Feb 2019
Vaccines and immunisation
Measles: WHO says cases have jumped 50%
Falsehoods spread by ‘anti-vax’ movement in part to blame for backsliding in progress against potentially deadly illness, experts say
Rebecca Ratcliffe and agencies
Fri 15 Feb 2019
Anti-vaccine scepticism, conflict and poor access fuelled a 50% increase in measles cases last year, according to the World Health Organization.
The UN health agency said the resurgence was happening at a global level, including in wealthy nations where vaccination coverage has historically been high.
“Our data is showing that there is a substantial increase in measles cases. We’re seeing this in all regions,” said Katherine O’Brien, WHO’s director of immunisation and vaccines. “We’re having outbreaks that are protracted, that are sizeable and that are growing,. This is not an isolated problem.”
The figures are a worrying sign of the vast reach of vaccine-scepticism, said Heidi Larson, director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “It’s very serious. Historically measles outbreaks go up and down but this is a pretty dramatic increase.”…
 
 
New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 16 Feb 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 16 Feb 2019
U.S.
Washington Lawmakers Advance Limits on Vaccine Exemptions
Washington state lawmakers advanced a measure Friday that would remove parents’ ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles as the Pacific Northwest struggles with an outbreak of the contagious virus.
Feb. 15
 
 
Africa
Nearly 1,000 Madagascar Children Dead of Measles Since October: WHO
At least 922 children and young adults have died of measles in Madagascar since October, despite a huge emergency vaccination program, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.
Feb. 15
 
 
Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/home-page?_wsjregion=na,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 16 Feb 2019
Review & Outlook
Didn’t We Already Beat Measles?
By The Editorial Board
Feb. 12, 2019 7:06 pm ET
Fifty-three cases are now confirmed, most in unvaccinated kids.
 
 
Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 16 Feb 2019
Anti-vaxxers are spreading conspiracy theories on Facebook, and the company is struggling to stop them
By Taylor Telford
February 13
As a disturbing number of measles outbreaks crop up across the United States, Facebook is facing challenges combating widespread misinformation about vaccinations on its platform, which has become a haven for the anti-vaccination movement