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 Associated Press
https://apnews.com/
Accessed 2 Mar 2019
Amid measles outbreak, Ore. eyes vaccine requirements
By SARAH ZIMMERMAN   3/1/2019yesterday
 
 
The Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/
Accessed 2 Mar 2019
Health
The Small, Small World of Facebook’s Anti-vaxxers
Squelching vaccine misinformation might be easier than the platform makes it seem.
Alexis C. Madrigal   Feb 27, 2019
…While there is no dearth of posts related to vaccines, the top 50 Facebook pages ranked by the number of public posts they made about vaccines generated nearly half (46 percent) of the top 10,000 posts for or against vaccinations, as well as 38 percent of the total likes on those posts, from January 2016 to February of this year. The distribution is heavy on the top, particularly for the anti-vax position. Just seven anti-vax pages generated nearly 20 percent of the top 10,000 vaccination posts in this time period: Natural News, Dr. Tenpenny on Vaccines and Current Events, Stop Mandatory Vaccination, March Against Monsanto, J. B. Handley, Erin at Health Nut News, and Revolution for Choice…
 
 
BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 2 Mar 2019
Published Date
1 Mar 2019
Vaccination deniers gaining traction, NHS boss warns
The head of NHS England has warned that “vaccination deniers” are gaining traction on social media as part of a “fake news” movement.
Simon Stevens said parents were seeing “fake messages” online about vaccines, which was making it harder to “win the public argument” on vaccination.
NHS England is considering what action can be taken to stop such messages spreading, Mr Stevens said…
 
 
The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 2 Mar 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 2 Mar 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 2 Mar 2019
Feb 25, 2019
Is YouTube Right to Demonetize Anti-Vax Channels?
YouTube’s censorship of anti-vaccine videos is counterproductive. Here’s why.
By Mason Sands  Contributor
Feb 25, 2019
65 Measles Cases In Washington, Yet Arizona May Expand Vaccine Exemptions
With at least 65 cases in Washington measles outbreak, the state of Washington legislature considering reducing vaccine exemptions, and over 900 people dying from a Madagascar measles outbreak, what is the Arizona state legislature doing?
By Bruce Y. Lee Contributor
 
 
Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 2 Mar 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 2 Mar 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]
 
 
The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 2 Mar 2019
Vaccines and immunisation
Japan battles worst measles outbreak in a decade | World news …
Japan’s health ministry urged people to get vaccinated immediately and hospitals and other medical facilities to take preventive measures.
 
 
New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 2 Mar 2019
Our Columnists
Why Measles Is a Quintessential Political Issue of Our Time
Measles is contagious and potentially deadly—but also preventable through vaccination. The immunization debate around it is one that turns on the conflict between facts and lies.
By Masha Gessen
2 March 2019
 
 
New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 2 Mar 2019
March 1, 2019
U.S.
Measles Outbreak in Pacific Northwest About Half of US Cases
The focus on measles in the Pacific Northwest intensified Friday as public health officials in Oregon announced a new case of the highly contagious disease unrelated to an ongoing outbreak in Washington state that’s sickened 68 people so far.

March 1, 2019
Europe
Sanofi ‘Strongly Disagrees’ With Philippines Prosecutors Over Its Dengue Vaccine
Sanofi on Friday said it “strongly” disagreed with the findings made against the company and six of its employees in the Philippines over its controversial dengue vaccine.

March 1, 2019
Europe
Philippines to Charge Officials of Sanofi, Government Over Dengue Vaccine
The Philippine Department of Justice on Friday said it had found probable cause to indict officials from French drugmaker Sanofi and former and current Philippine health officials over 10 deaths it said were linked to use of a dengue vaccine.
 
 
Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/home-page?_wsjregion=na,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 2 Mar 2019
Schools
Measles Cases in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish Communities Rise
By Leslie Brody, Melanie Grayce West
Feb. 28, 2019 6:42 pm ET
The measles outbreak in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community continues to grow, New York City health officials said, even after the city ordered schools to bar unvaccinated students in some ZIP Codes from attending.
 
 
Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 2 Mar 2019
‘Something is in those vaccines’: Lawmaker says mandatory measles shots are ‘Communist’
Timothy Bella · Mar 1, 2019
Amid a surging measles outbreak in the United States that has grown to about 160 cases in 10 states, Arizona’s legislature recently passed bills allowing for a religious exemption for required vaccination shots — a move that public health advocates warn could lead to fewer immunizations. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who describes himself as “pro-vaccination” and “anti-measles,” suggested Wednesday he would strike down those proposals.
But one state lawmaker begged to differ with the governor. Republican State Rep. Kelly Townsend, a five-term state representative who is no stranger to making controversial and befuddling statements on social media, took to Facebook on Thursday to bemoan that Arizona was “prepared to give up our liberty, the very sovereignty of our body, because of measles.”
Why? Because doing so would be “Communist.”
“I read yesterday that the idea is being floated that if not enough people get vaccinated, then we are going to force them to,” Townsend wrote on Thursday morning. “The idea that we force someone to give up their liberty for the sake of the collective is not based on American values but rather, Communist.”…