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 16 Nov 2019
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BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 16 Nov 2019
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The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 16 Nov 2019
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Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 16 Nov 2019
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Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 16 Nov 2019
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Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 16 Nov 2019
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Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 16 Nov 2019
Argument
The Real Reason to Panic About China’s Plague Outbreak
It’s not the disease that’s worrisome—it’s the Chinese government’s response to it.
By Laurie Garrett
| November 16, 2019, 1:44 AM
The Chinese government’s response to this month’s outbreak of plague has been marked by temerity and some fear, which history suggests is entirely appropriate. But not all fear is the same, and Beijing seems to be afraid of the wrong things. Rather than being concerned about the germs and their spread, the government seems mostly motivated by a desire to manage public reaction about the disease. Those efforts, however, have failed—and the public’s response is now veering toward a sort of plague-inspired panic that’s not at all justified by the facts…

 

The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 16 Nov 2019
Germany
German parliament approves compulsory measles vaccinations
Bundestag backs law that will fine parents up to €2,500 if children are not inoculated
Germany’s parliament has voted to make measles vaccinations compulsory for children, in response to a global rise in cases of the disease.
Parents who refuse to get their children inoculated face fines of up to €2,500 (£2,140) and a likely ban from nursery or school.
The measles protection act will come into force next March, and its introduction is likely to be watched closely by advocates of mandatory immunisation in other countries, including Britain.
The UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, said in September the government was “looking very seriously” at making vaccinations compulsory for state school pupils.
The Bundestag approved the law on Thursday after months of debate, with doctors speaking out both in favour of and against the legislation…

 

New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 16 Nov 2019
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New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 16 Nov 2019
Asia Pacific
Former Deputy Head of China’s Drug Regulator Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison
Wu Zhen, a former deputy head of China’s food and drug regulator, was sentenced to 16 years in prison by a Chinese court, state television reported on Friday.
By Reuters Nov. 15

Business
As Swine Fever Fries China Vaccine Sales, Boehringer Rewrites Prescription for Recovery
Germany’s Boehringer Ingelheim, the global No. 2 in animal health, is having to rebuild itself in China after a deadly pig disease decimated sales of unrelated mainstay vaccines, bringing write-offs and leaving it facing a three-year slog to recovery.
By Reuters Nov. 14

 

Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 16 Nov 2019
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