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 2 Nov 2019
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BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 2 Nov 2019
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The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 2 Nov 2019
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Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 2 Nov 2019
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Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 2 Nov 2019
The Political Battlefield Of Infections And Migrant Children’s Bodies
Deaths from influenza have occurred among migrant children in detention. Yet the US government is denying them flu vaccination, and recently went to court arguing that children are not entitled to basic sanitation, clean clothes, bathing, and toothbrushes.
By Judy Stone Senior Contributor

 

Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 2 Nov 2019
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Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 2 Nov 2019
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The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 2 Nov 2019
Release of Vaxxed sequel prompts fears dangerous propaganda will spread again
Anti-vaccination film to premiere in theatres as several states have been battling against localised outbreaks of measles
31 Oct 2019
Anti-vaccination campaigners are preparing to release the sequel to Vaxxed, the highly contentious film that has been used to spread the unfounded claim that vaccines cause autism and other developmental problems.
Vaxxed II: The People’s Truth will be premiered on 6 November in 50 venues across America. Its producers, led by Robert F Kennedy Jr, are keeping locations secret with tickets sold quietly in advance in the hope of foiling efforts to block the movie.
From 7 November, the film will be taken on the road in the same “Vaxxed” bus that was deployed in 2016 to disseminate the original film, traveling more than 50,000 miles from coast to coast of the US. The movie was a powerful propaganda tool for the anti-vaccination movement, which has seen a surge in recent years within certain religious communities and among parents worried about scientifically unproven so-called “vaccine injuries”.’’

 

New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 2 Nov 2019
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New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 2 Nov 2019
Africa
Exclusive: WHO, Congo Eye Tighter Rules for Ebola Care Over Immunity Concerns
The World Health Organization and Congolese authorities are proposing changes to how some Ebola patients are cared for, new guidelines show, after a patient’s death challenged the accepted medical theory that survivors are immune to reinfection.
By Reuters Oct 31

Business
Merck to Ramp Up Gardasil Vaccine Production, Flags ‘Tempered’ Sales Growth in 2020
Merck & Co Inc said on Tuesday it intends to ramp up production of its top-selling vaccine Gardasil in 2023 and warned of a slowdown in revenue growth next year as demand for the therapy outpaces supply.
By Reuters Oct 29

Global health
New TB Vaccine Could Save Millions of Lives, Study Suggests
There are 10 million new cases each year of tuberculosis, now the leading infectious cause of death worldwide. Even a partly effective vaccine could help turn the tide.
Oct. 29, 2019
… The new vaccine, made by GSK and now known as M72/AS01E, was tested in about 3,300 adults in Kenya, South Africa and Zambia. All of them already had latent tuberculosis — a silent infection that might or might not progress to active tuberculosis.
Of those who got two doses of the GSK vaccine, only 13 developed active tuberculosis during three years of follow-up, according to the new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. By contrast, 26 of those who got a placebo progressed to active tuberculosis…

 

Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 2 Nov 2019
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