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 30 Mar 2019
Lawmaker seeks legal opinion on scrapping vaccine exemption
By SUSAN HAIGH  29 March 2019

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A senior lawmaker asked Connecticut’s attorney general on Friday to determine whether it would be constitutional to eliminate a religious exemption to the requirement that schoolchildren be vaccinated.

Democratic House Majority Leader Matt Ritter believes the exemption is being abused and should be scrapped in light of the uptick in measles and other outbreaks across the U.S. But he asked Attorney General William Tong for a formal opinion regarding any potential state or federal constitutional impediments in a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

“As you may know, three states — California, Mississippi and West Virginia — currently do not have a religious or philosophical exemption for required school immunizations,” he wrote. “In addition, the lack of either exemption has been challenged and upheld under federal constitutional principles.”…
 
 
The Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/
Accessed 30 Mar 2019
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BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 30 Mar 2019
26 Mar 2019
Brexit: Flu vaccine ‘could be airlifted into UK’
Drugs company Sanofi has plans to fly supplies of flu vaccine into the UK if other transport routes are disrupted after the country leaves the EU.
 
 
The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 30 Mar 2019
Sharp exchanges – Hanging with the anti-vaxxers
Scientists and public-health officials could learn something from them
Mar 28th 2019 | EVANSTON, ILLINOIS
 
 
Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 30 Mar 2019
The world must wake up to the threat of latest Ebola outbreak
 
 
Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 30 Mar 2019
Mar 28, 2019
What Rights Do Teens Have When It Comes To Their Health?
The laws regarding teen minors being able to decide to forego or proceed with medical care vary from state to state. In the setting of multiple outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illnesses, teens are opting to go against their parents and get vaccinated.
By Nina Shapiro  Contributor
 
 
Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 30 Mar 2019
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Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 30 Mar 2019
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The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 30 Mar 2019
Forget Trump – anti-vaxxers are the clear and present danger 
The measles outbreak in New York is an entirely predictable emergency. Those responsible should be publicly shamed
@emmabrockes
Thu 28 Mar 2019 09.09 EDT Last modified on Thu 28 Mar 2019 15.15 EDT
 
 
New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 30 Mar 2019
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New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 30 Mar 2019
Africa
Mozambique Says Cholera Cases Up to 271 in Cyclone-Hit City
Cholera cases among cyclone survivors in Mozambique have jumped to 271, authorities said, a figure that nearly doubled from the previous day.
March 30
 
 
U.S.
With Guns Drawn, Officers Raided Home to Get Feverish Child
The police burst into an Arizona home to take custody of a toddler, raising questions about when parents can be stripped of control over their children’s health care.
March 29
 
 
Europe
Congo Registers Record 15 New Ebola Cases in One Day
Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday recorded 15 new confirmed cases of Ebola, the biggest one-day rise since the current outbreak was declared last August, the health ministry said.
March 29
New York
An Outbreak Spreads Fear: Of Measles, of Ultra-Orthodox Jews, of Anti-Semitism
A measles outbreak in a New York suburb has sickened scores of people and stoked long-smoldering tensions between the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and the secular world at large.
 
 
Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/home-page?_wsjregion=na,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 30 Mar 2019
New York
Measles Outbreak Grows to 214 Cases in New York City
By Leslie Brody
March 28, 2019 3:56 pm ET
The measles outbreak in the Orthodox Jewish community in New York City continues to grow in areas where some families have resisted vaccinating their children, health officials said.
 
 
New York
County in New York Facing Measles Outbreak Bans Unvaccinated Minors From Public Spots
By Katie Honan
March 27, 2019 12:01 am ET
A New York county has declared a state of emergency over one of the worst measles outbreaks in the state in decades, banning unvaccinated minors from public places to help curb the spread of the disease
 
 
Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
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