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 21 Sep 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 21 Sep 2019
DR Congo to introduce second Ebola vaccine
21 Sep 2019
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo are planning to use a second Ebola vaccine to help control an outbreak that has killed more than 2,100 people.

 

Devex
https://www.devex.com/
Accessed 21 Sep 2019
Global Views Vaccine hesitancy
Opinion: The real problem with vaccine hesitancy
By Seth Berkley // 18 September 2019
If we stopped vaccinating children, how long would it take before a host of deadly diseases came back with a vengeance? If the news that Albania, Czechia, Greece, and the United Kingdom have all now lost their official measles elimination status is anything to go by, the answer is not long at all.
Immunization coverage doesn’t have to drop by much before outbreaks start to occur. And with 130 million new children born globally every year, it would take just a year or two before mortality rates for diseases, like diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, measles and others, would once again start to soar…

 

The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 21 Sep 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 21 Sep 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 21 Sep 2019
Sep 17, 2019
Russia Confirms Explosion At Ex Bioweapons Lab Storing Ebola, Smallpox And Plague
A month after a deadly accident hit a Russian nuclear facility, new reports of an explosion at a state biotech lab housing​ deadly viruses have now been confirmed.
By Zak Doffman Contributor

 

Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 21 Sep 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 21 Sep 2019
Voice
The World Knows an Apocalyptic Pandemic Is Coming
But nobody is interested in doing anything about it.
By Laurie Garrett
| September 20, 2019, 12:48 PM
The ominous analysis was compiled by an independent panel, the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB), which was assembled last year in response to a request from the office of the U.N. secretary-general, and convened jointly by the World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO). Co-chaired by the former WHO head and former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland and the head of the international Red Cross, Elhadj As Sy, the GPMB commissioned expert studies and issued a scathing attack on the political, financial, and logistical state of pandemic preparedness affairs…
[See Milestones above for detail]

 

The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 21 Sep 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 21 Sep 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 21 Sep 2019
Asia Pacific
Philippines Confirms 2nd Polio Case After Declaring Outbreak
Philippine health officials on Friday confirmed a second case of polio in a 5-year-old child a day after declaring the country’s first outbreak in nearly two decades, and announced plans for a massive immunization program.
By The Associated Press

Health
As Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Drags On, Untracked Cases Sow Confusion
On tour in Africa, American officials said the U.S. would keep providing aid. But Congo’s response has been uneven, and the former health minister has been jailed.
By Donald G. McNeil Jr.

U.S.
U.S. Records No New Measles Cases for First Week Since January
Health officials recorded no new cases of measles in the United States last week, marking the first week without new cases of the disease since January, amid an outbreak largely linked to parents who declined to vaccinate their children.
By Reuters

 

Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 21 Sep 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]