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 23 Mar 2019
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The Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/
Accessed 23 Mar 2019
Technology
Instagram Is the Internet’s New Home for Hate
As other social networks wage a very public war against misinformation, it’s thriving on Instagram.
…Instagram is teeming with these conspiracy theories, viral misinformation, and extremist memes, all daisy-chained together via a network of accounts with incredible algorithmic reach and millions of collective followers—many of whom, like Alex, are very young. These accounts intersperse TikTok videos and nostalgia memes with anti-vaccination rhetoric, conspiracy theories about George Soros and the Clinton family, and jokes about killing women, Jews, Muslims, and liberals…

BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 23 Mar 2019
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The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 23 Mar 2019
An epidemic of violence
Why are Ebola clinics in Congo being attacked?
Mar 21st 2019
…The province of North Kivu is no stranger to misery—it has long been home to some 120 militia groups that regularly rape and terrorise. Now it is also the site of the world’s second-largest outbreak of Ebola, a virus that makes people gush blood from every orifice. Since being detected seven months ago, the virus has spread to nearly 1,000 people and probably killed 600. Its emergence in what is in effect a war zone makes it hard to contain. Health workers are often unable to isolate the infected, or to vaccinate everyone who has touched them. Some villages are deemed too dangerous for vaccinators to visit…

Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 23 Mar 2019
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Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 23 Mar 2019
Mar 23, 2019
Why Chickenpox Parties Are A Bad Idea
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said that his kids “got the chickenpox on purpose.”
By Bruce Y. Lee   Contributor

Mumps Outbreak at Temple University: What Is The Latest
The outbreak has already resulted in close to 100 cases and is spreading elsewhere in the Philadelphia area.
By Bruce Y. Lee Contributor

Mar 21, 2019
Is Your Child’s Teammate (Or Opponent) Vaccinated?
A Kentucky lawsuit by an anti-vaccination high school basketball player highlights how there are increasing number of kids not being inoculated.
By Bob Cook Contributor

Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 23 Mar 2019
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Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 23 Mar 2019
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The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 23 Mar 2019
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New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 23 Mar 2019
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New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 23 Mar 2019
U.S.
Kentucky Anti-Vaxxer Gets Hearing Over Chickenpox Ban
March 22, 2019
An unvaccinated student in Kentucky will get his day in court after suing because he can’t participate in extracurricular activities during a chickenpox outbreak.

Business
UPS Eyes In-Home Health Services With U.S. Vaccine Project
By Lisa Baertlein and Michael Erman
March 22, 2019
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United Parcel Service Inc wants to get beyond U.S. doorsteps with a new push into healthcare.
The world’s largest package delivery firm is preparing to test a U.S. service that dispatches nurses to vaccinate adults in their homes, Reuters has learned, as the company and its healthcare clients work to fend off cost pressures and competitive threats from Amazon.com.
UPS did not disclose which vaccines it would be using in the project, but drug and vaccine maker Merck & Co told Reuters it is looking at partnering with the company for the initiative…

Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/home-page?_wsjregion=na,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 23 Mar 2019
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Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 23 Mar 2019
A GOP governor doesn’t believe in chickenpox vaccines. He took his nine kids to a pox party
Eli Rosenberg · Mar 20, 2019

Censorship or social responsibility? Amazon removes some books peddling vaccine misinformation.
Lindsey Bever · Mar 18, 2019