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
Accessed 31 Aug 2019
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Accessed 31 Aug 2019
Published Date 29 Aug 2019
Pinterest to direct vaccine searches to health sites
Pinterest users searching for vaccine-related information will be directed to results from “public health organisations”. Last year, the social platform stopped showing results for vaccine searches to tackle the spread of misinformation.


The Economist
Accessed 31 Aug 2019
Stories of an extraordinary world
The original anti-vaxxers
How the zeal of Edward Jenner contributed to today’s culture wars
Aug 30th 2019


Financial Times
Accessed 31 Aug 2019
Debate over vaccination strategies dogs Ebola efforts in Congo
New vaccine from J&J could supplement current shot from Merck
Tom Wilson in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo
August 26, 201

Disease prevention
Vaccines ‘most powerful tool against infectious diseases’
Cepi’s Richard Hatchett outlines the economic case for investing in vaccines
Richard Hatchett August 26, 2019


Accessed 31 Aug 2019
Aug 30, 2019
Can Any Doctor Ethically Work In A U.S. Immigration Detention Facility?
Given recent decisions by federal immigration authorities and reports of poor conditions in detention facilities, how can any physician currently provide ethical care in these centers?
By Tara Haelle Contributor

Aug 28, 2019
Should Grandparents Get New Vaccinations?
According to AARP, “the baby boom has become the grandparent boom [and] there are now more grandparents in the U.S. than ever before,” Should they vaccinate?
By Robin Seaton Jefferson Contributor

Aug 26, 2019
New Weapon Against Anti-Vaxxers: Smiling Kids Getting Shots
Percentage of unvaccinated children has quadrupled in recent decades.
By Lisette Voytko Forbes Staff

Aug 22, 2019
No Flu Vaccines For Detained Migrant Families? Why This Is Wrong
Assuming that flu viruses did not come up with this policy, here are the problems.
By Bruce Y. Lee Contributor


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 31 Aug 2019
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Foreign Policy
Accessed 31 Aug 2019
Venezuela’s HIV Crisis Crosses the Border
Unable to get care in a devastated health care system, desperate Venezuelans flow into Colombia.
By Patrick Ammerman
| August 28, 2019, 1:38 PM


The Guardian
Accessed 31 Aug 2019
New Zealand
Spread of measles to at-risk Pacific Islands ‘inevitable’ after major New Zealand outbreak
Health professionals scrambling to stop spread after more than 700 measles cases recorded in Auckland this year
Eleanor Ainge Roy
Thu 29 Aug 2019 23.28 EDT


New Yorker
Accessed 31 Aug 2019
Politics and More Podcast
The Politics Behind the Anti-Vaccine Movement
Nick Paumgarten joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how the fear about vaccines acts likes a virus, and why public-health officials see the phenomenon as part of “an all-out war on science.”
By Dorothy Wickenden
August 29, 2019

A Reporter at Large
September 2, 2019 Issue
The Message of Measles
As public-health officials confront the largest outbreak in the U.S. in decades, they’ve been fighting as much against dangerous ideas as they have against the disease.
By Nick Paumgarten
August 26, 2019


New York Times
Accessed 31 Aug 2019
Asia Pacific
New Zealand Measles Outbreak Prompts Travel Warning
New Zealand is asking travellers to make sure they are immunised for measles before travelling to its biggest city, Auckland, as the country faces its worst outbreak in over 22 years.
By Reuters Aug. 29

Mumps Sickens Hundreds of Detained Migrants in 19 States
Mumps has swept through 57 immigration detention facilities in 19 states since September, according to the first U.S. government report on the outbreaks in the overloaded immigration system.
By The Associated Press Aug. 29

Venezuelan Migrants to Get Regional Vaccination Cards Under 10-Nation Pact
Venezuelan migrants will be provided with a regional vaccination card beginning in October, health officials from 10 countries agreed on Monday, in an effort to ensure they receive needed vaccines and are not given double doses.
By Reuters Aug. 26

Can a Play About Vaccines Be a Laughing Matter?
At the privileged private school in “Eureka Day,” some parents refuse to give shots to their children. Then the mumps hits.
By Elizabeth A. Harris Aug. 25


Washington Post
Accessed 31 Aug 2019
Health and Science
200 years of vaccine skepticism | The Vaccines Project, Episode 1
August 30, 2019 | 2:55 PM EDT
Vaccine hesitancy has existed for over two centuries, fueled by confusion about how vaccines and our immune system work. Reporter Anna Rothschild explores the origins of vaccines, how they make you immune to disease, and when the first anti-vax sentiments arose.

What ingredients are in vaccines? | The Vaccines Project, Episode 2
August 30, 2019 | 2:54 PM EDT
To understand what is in modern vaccines—and why—let’s look back at one of the first lab-created vaccinations that prevented a gruesome childhood illness. Reporter Anna Rothschild will explore why there are things like aluminum, formaldehyde, and mercury in vaccines, and what new vaccine technology is around the corner.


Are vaccines safe? | The Vaccines Project, Episode 3
August 30, 2019 | 2:45 PM EDT
How are vaccines tested for safety? Why do kids get so many shots at once? And is anyone looking out for long-term effects? Reporter Anna Rothschild heads to the National Institutes of Health to figure out just how safe vaccines really are.

Pinterest takes the right step toward curbing misinformation on vaccines
Editorial Board · Editorial-Opinion · Aug 30, 2019

Vaccines save lives. But stricter laws may backfire.
Daniela Blei and Tamara Venit Shelton · Aug 30, 2019