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 13 Apr 2019
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BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 13 Apr 2019
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The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 13 Apr 2019
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Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 13 Apr 2019
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Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 13 Apr 2019

Apr 9, 2019
How A Gates Foundation-Backed Fund Is Revolutionizing Global Health Impact Investing
The Gates Foundation initially structured the fund and Gates believes that the Foundation can support early, high-risk product development, while GHIF can support companies more mature in their development that need help with late-stage development and commercialization of their products.

Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 13 Apr 2019
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Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 13 Apr 2019
In the United States, Russian Trolls Are Peddling Measles
Not content to cause political problems, Moscow’s trolls are also undermining public health.
Moscow’s willingness to undermine public health initiatives shows that its disinformation efforts aren’t confined to partisan struggles.
April 9, 2019, 2:48 PM
Katherine Kirk

The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 13 Apr 2019
Opinion  Internet
Editorial
The Guardian view on online harms: white paper, grey areas
The internet needs regulation. People and societies need protection. But this will be harder than the government’s new white paper makes it look
Mon 8 Apr 2019 13.47 EDT Last modified on Mon 8 Apr 2019 14.44 EDT

The white paper announced by the government on Monday attempts to steer a middle course, as most of the world does. There is to be real regulation, with painful fines, for almost all of the public internet. Persistent offenders against codes of conduct as yet unspecified will, so far as possible, be rendered inaccessible to British web users. The platforms are no longer to be regarded as entirely neutral conduits, with no more responsibility for the content they spread – and in most cases sell advertising against – than the telephone company has for the content of telephone conversations…

There is no doubt that some forms of disinformation, such as anti-vaccination propaganda, do serious harms both to individuals and to society as a whole. But does the government really want fines levied on the executives of YouTube when the platform promotes conspiracy theories or anti-vaxx videos? Regulating the internet is necessary, but it won’t be easy or cheap. Too much of this white paper looks like an attempt to find cheap and easy solutions to really hard questions…
 
 
New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 13 Apr 2019
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New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 13 Apr 2019
U.S.
Cuomo: Ending Exemption for Vaccines ‘Legally Questionable’
New York’s governor says legislation that would end the ability of parents to object to vaccinations for their children on religious grounds is “legally questionable.”
April 12

New York
Measles Outbreak: Tensions Rise as New York City Steps Up Response
An order to require immunizations in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community seemed to mobilize vaccine skeptics. Others worried that the effort did not address the root of the problem: misinformation.
April 11

U.S.
NYC Orders Mandatory Vaccines for Some Amid Measles Outbreak
New York City has declared a public health emergency over a measles outbreak and ordered mandatory vaccinations for some people who may have been exposed to the virus.
 
 
U.S.
Yeshiva Schools Must Exclude Unvaccinated Amid Measles Surge
The New York City Health Department has ordered all ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools in a neighborhood of Brooklyn to exclude unvaccinated students from classes during the current measles outbreak.

 
 

Middle East
Vaccines Blocked as Deadly Cholera Raged in Yemen
An Associated Press investigation has found that Yemen’s massive cholera epidemic was aggravated by official intransigence and potential corruption.

 
 

Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/home-page?_wsjregion=na,us&_homepage=/home/us

Accessed 13 Apr 2019
U.S.
As Measles Spreads, Schools Turn Away Unvaccinated Students
By Tawnell D. Hobbs
Some school districts in the U.S. are booting unvaccinated students from campuses where infectious-disease cases have been confirmed, as the spread of measles accelerates in some states.
April 13

World
WhatsApp Users Spread Antivaccine Rumors in India
By Newley Purnell
Antivaccine misinformation, some of it from social media posts in the West, is spreading in India on the WhatsApp messaging app, undermining efforts to root out measles and rubella there.
April 13

 
 
Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 13 Apr 2019
Apr 10, 2019
Anti-vaxxers are comparing themselves to Holocaust victims – who relied on vaccines to survive
Helene Sinnreich ·