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 26 Oct 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 26 Oct 2019
Vaccine reminder system ‘inconsistent’, report concludes
Published Date: 25 Oct 2019
The NHS system for reminding parents to have their children vaccinated is “inconsistent” and making an appointment can be difficult, says a report on vaccine uptake in England.

 

The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 26 Oct 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 26 Oct 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 26 Oct 2019
Mark Zuckerberg’s Answer To An Anti-Vaxxer Question Highlights Facebook’s Problematic Response To Misinformation
By Michael Nunez. Forbes Staff
Oct 23, 2019
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for the first time since April 2018, answering a litany of questions about Facebook’s digital currency project and how it balances freedom of expression with demands it prevent the spread of false information.
…Zuckerberg, who told Congressman that his “understanding of the scientific consensus” is that people should get their vaccines, said Facebook won’t stop its users from posting information that’s wrong.
“If someone wants to post anti-vaccination content, or if they want to join a group where people are discussing that content, we don’t prevent them from doing that. But we don’t go out of our way to make sure our group recommendation systems try to encourage people to join those groups.”
In other words, Facebook won’t prevent one of its 2 billion users from posting false information—it may not even flag it as wrong. The Facebook algorithm just won’t help it gain traction. If the user can spread that information on his own, then in Zuckerberg’s words, that’s “freedom of expression.”…

 

Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 26 Oct 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 26 Oct 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 26 Oct 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 26 Oct 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 26 Oct 2019
U.S.
Disneyland Visitor With Measles May Have Exposed Hundreds to Infection
The theme park was the site of a major outbreak about five years ago.
By Adeel Hassan
Oct. 23

Health
UN Says 1st Local Polio Case Found in Zambia Since 1995
The World Health Organization says Zambia has reported its first local case of polio since 1995, in a 2-year-old boy paralyzed by a virus derived from the vaccine.
By The Associated Press
Oct. 23

 

Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 26 Oct 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]