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 14 Sep 2019
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BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 14 Sep 2019
Malaria vaccine in Kenya – a potential game-changer
13 Sep 2019
The world’s first malaria vaccine is being rolled out in parts of Kenya from Friday, after previously being released in Ghana and Malawi.
It will be added to the routine vaccination schedule, and more than 300,000 children are expected to receive the vaccine over the next three years.
Malaria kills more than 400,000 people globally each year – mostly children – making this vaccine a potential game-changer, as Global Health Correspondent Tulip Mazumdar reports.

 

The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 14 Sep 2019
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Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 14 Sep 2019
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Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 14 Sep 2019
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Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 14 Sep 2019
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Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 14 Sep 2019
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The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 14 Sep 2019
Global health
Hundreds of children die in Philippine dengue epidemic as local action urged
Health ministry calls for greater efforts to deal with mosquito-borne disease at village level as death toll reaches four figures…
The government fears cases could rise further as the country enters typhoon season.
Following a national ban on a controversial vaccine blamed for children’s deaths, cases of dengue fever in the Philippines have more than doubled compared with figures for the same period last year.
The Department for Health has recorded 249,332 cases since the start of the year, dwarfing the 119,224 cases recorded in 2018. The figures are the highest since 2012.
The government is considering appeals to lift its ban on Dengvaxia, a drug developed by French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Pasteur that remains the only vaccine available against dengue. However, many remain cautious due to claims that improper use in the country had led to children’s deaths. The World Health Organization issued a conditional recommendation for the vaccine in areas where dengue is highly endemic…

Protesters shut down California’s legislature as bills tighten vaccine bills
4 days ago … Activists shut down both chambers of the California state legislature with protests and chanting against a set of bills seeking to tighten school ..

 

New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 14 Sep 2019
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New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 14 Sep 2019
New York
How Far Would You Go to Avoid Vaccinating Your Child?
In New York, as new immunization laws take effect, there has been a surge in parents home schooling their children.
By Ginia Bellafante

Health
Lasker Awards Honor Advances in Modern Immunology
The prizes recognized the discoverers of B and T lymphocytes, pioneers in genetic engineering to fight breast cancer, and a nonprofit that helps get vaccines to the world’s poorest children.
Sept. 10 By Knvul SheikhU.S.

U.S.
California Governor Signs Vaccine Bills He Demanded
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed bills Monday to crack down on doctors who write fraudulent medical exemptions for school children’s vaccinations.
Sept. 9 By The Associated Press

 

Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 14 Sep 2019
Health
California’s governor signed a pro-vaccine bill into law this week. Then the protests got weird.
By Marisa Iati
September 14 at 4:05 PM
Anti-vaccine activists in California area heatedly protesting new limits on medical exemptions to vaccine requirements days after the bill was finalized amid a nationwide crisis of confidence in the life-saving procedure.
First, protesters blocked the entrance to the state capitol Monday and repeatedly shut down the legislature with their demonstrations as Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed the bill, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Then, a candlelight vigil Wednesday for children allegedly harmed or killed by vaccines included a photo of Ethan Lindenberger, who was vaccinated against his parents’ wishes and has testified before Congress. Jonathan Lockwood, executive director of the anti-vaccine group Conscience Coalition, which organized the vigil, did not immediately respond to a question about why the photo was used.
The state legislative session closed Friday with a dramatic display from the gallery: A woman threw “a feminine hygiene device containing what appeared to be blood” at the senators from a balcony, the California Highway Patrol said…