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 4 May 2019
Education
What It’s Like to Be Quarantined on a College Campus
Alia Wong May 2, 2019
A UCLA student talks about measles exposure at his school, his time in isolation from other students, and making a TikTok video to pass the time.

 

BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 4 May 2019
Health
Minister considers ‘all options’ to boost vaccine uptake
4 May 2019
Health secretary Matt Hancock has said he is willing to look at “all options” to boost England’s vaccination levels, including compulsory immunisation.

 

The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 4 May 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 4 May 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 4 May 2019
May 3, 2019
Scientology Cruise Ship With Measles Case Returns To Sea — But Where Will It Be Able To Dock?
The ship seems headed to Curacao, but it’s unclear how the Dutch nation will respond.
ByvRachel SandlervvForbes Staff

 

Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 4 May 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 4 May 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 4 May 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 4 May 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 4 May 2019
Africa
May 4
Ebola Deaths Top 1,000 in Congo Amid Clinic Attacks
Hostility toward health workers continued to hamper efforts to contain the second-deadliest outbreak of the virus.

World
Scientology Cruise Ship Faces Renewed Quarantine at Home Port in Curacao
May 2
A Church of Scientology cruise ship quarantined by the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia for measles is due to arrive on Saturday back at its home port on the island of Curacao, where it will face similar restrictions, a top health official there said.

U.S.
As Measles Returns, U.S. States Look to Cut Vaccine Exemptions
May 2
Maine could soon prohibit parents from citing religious or personal beliefs to avoid vaccinating their children, making the U.S. state one of a half dozen cracking down during the nation’s largest measles outbreak in 25 years.

Europe
Merck Steps Up U.S. Measles Vaccine Production With Increased Demand
Merck & Co said on Wednesday it has increased production of the measles vaccine to meet an uptick in demand in the United States in the midst of the country’s biggest outbreak in 25 years.

U.S.
NY Officials Issue Fines, Close Schools in Measles Fight
Officials in New York closed more schools, issued more fines and lobbied the Legislature to eliminate religious exemptions for required vaccinations as part of efforts to contain a measles outbreak.

U.S.
Trump Tells Americans: Go Get Your Measles Vaccination
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday urged Americans to protect themselves with the measles vaccination as the number of cases of the once-eradicated disease in the United States hit the highest levels since 2000.

Asia Pacific
Pakistan’s War on Polio Falters Amid Attacks on Health Workers and Mistrust
Pakistani officials had hoped that 2019 would be the year they declared victory against the disease. But attacks and mistrust of vaccinations make that goal unlikely.

 

Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/home-page?_wsjregion=na,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 4 May 2019
Commentary
The Complicated Truth About Vaccines
By Michael Segal
May 1, 2019 6:38 pm ET
They can appear to be the proximate cause of a condition when they have nothing to do with the ultimate cause.

 

Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 4 May 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]