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.

 

ABC News – Australia
https://www.abc.net.au/news/
Accessed 7 Sep2019
Politics
‘No jab, no pay’ threat prompts an extra 174,000 children to be vaccinated in one year
By political reporter Matthew Doran
Posted 31 Aug 2019, 8:55pm
A threat to cut family tax benefits for Australians who did not vaccinate their children has resulted in an increase of 174,000 children being immunised over the last year.

 

The Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/
Accessed 7 Sep2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 7 Sep2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 7 Sep2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

The Express Tribune – Pakistan
https://tribune.com.pk/
Accessed 7 Sep2019
Pakistan
With no refusal cases reported 7.1m children vaccinated in fresh polio drive
Published: August 30, 201
ISLAMABAD  : Around 7.1 million children in 46 districts of the country were administered polio drops in the recent vaccination campaign, according to the government figures.
“The recent campaign was successful,” read a statement issued by the Pakistan Polio Programme.
“No news of torture or verbal altercations in any part of the country was received.”…

 

Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 7 Sep2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 7 Sep2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 7 Sep2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 7 Sep2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 7 Sep2019
Vaccines and immunisation
Facebook to direct vaccine searches to public health pages
Facebook moves to stem spread of misinformation online about side-effects of immunisations
Sarah Boseley Health editor
Wed 4 Sep 2019 11.00 EDT
Facebook is to take a stand against vaccine denial by directing people searching for information or using vaccine hashtags to web pages set up by public health bodies.
People who access Facebook and Instagram pages and groups that discuss vaccines, as well as those searching or using relevant hashtags, will see an educational module about vaccine safety. Links will take them to a page provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States and to the World Health Organization elsewhere in the world…

 

New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 7 Sep2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 7 Sep2019
Asia Pacific
WHO Welcomes Facebook Pledge to Curb Anti-Vaccine Misinformation
The World Health Organization said on Thursday it welcomed a commitment by Facebook that it would direct users seeking vaccine information on its Instagram, Facebook Search, Groups and other forums towards facts, not misinformation.
By Reuters

Africa
Former Congo Health Minister Questioned Over Ebola Spending
Sept. 2
Democratic Republic of Congo’s former health minister has been questioned by police over his management of funds in the country’s response to the Ebola epidemic, his lawyers said on Monday.
By Reuters

 

STAT
https://www.statnews.com/
Accessed 7 Sep2019
Health
With new grants, Gates Foundation takes an early step toward a universal flu vaccine
By Helen Branswell
August 29, 2019

Health
Federal rules threaten to discourage undocumented immigrants from vaccinating children
By Helen Branswell
August 26, 2019

 

Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 7 Sep2019
California lawmaker, governor reach deal on vaccine bill
Don Thompson | AP · National · Sep 6, 2019