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 9 Nov 2019
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BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 9 Nov 2019
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The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 9 Nov 2019
Broad-banned internet
Countries are increasingly willing to censor speech online
That will make life hard for the tech giants
Nov 7th 2019
In 2016 the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Britain to be officially free from measles, a highly infectious illness that killed about 110,000 people around the world in 2017. The success was short-lived. After 991 infections were recorded in England and Wales in 2018, the WHO revoked Britain’s disease-free label.
Cases of measles are rising in many countries, fuelled in part by conspiracy theories claiming that vaccines given to children cause autism (they do not). “Anti-vaxxers” have long used internet forums and social media to spread their nonsense. Matt Hancock, Britain’s health minister, would like to see that stopped. In March he said that internet giants such as Facebook and Google should have a “duty of care” to their users, putting them in the same legal position as schools or doctors. If firms would not stop the spread of anti-vaccination messages voluntarily, said Mr Hancock, he would consider changing the law to force them to do so…

 

Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 9 Nov 2019
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Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 9 Nov 2019
Nov 3, 2019
Bill Maher Supports Vaccine-Autism Connection
On the November 1, 2019 episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” he had a conversation with pediatrician Jay Gordon, MD, known for providing troves of high-profile families with personal belief exemptions and medical exemptions to postpone or forego vaccinations for their children.
By Nina Shapiro Contributor

Nov 2, 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 9 Nov 2019
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Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 9 Nov 2019
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The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 9 Nov 2019
Pakistan accused of cover-up over fresh polio outbreak
Source claims government plans secret vaccinations after 12 children fall prey to disease
Nov 7, 2019
Officials in Pakistan have been accused of covering up an outbreak of the most dangerous strain of polio and planning a covert vaccination programme to contain the disease.
According to a source in Pakistan’s polio eradication programme and documentation seen by the Guardian, a dozen children have been infected with the P2 strain of polio, which causes paralysis and primarily effects those under five.
Dr Malik Safi, coordinator of the national emergency operation centre of the Pakistan polio eradication programme, confirmed the P2 outbreak, but would not give any further comment…

 

New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 9 Nov 2019
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New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 9 Nov 2019
Asia Pacific
Chinese Company in Vaccine Scandal Declared Bankrupt
A Chinese maker of rabies vaccine that was fined 9.1 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) in a quality scandal that set off a crackdown on the industry said Friday it has been declared bankrupt.
By The Associated Press Nov. 8

 

Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 9 Nov 2019
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