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 30 Nov 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 30 Nov 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 30 Nov 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 30 Nov 2019
Innovative finance schemes increase access to medicine
Bulk purchasing guarantees help overcome manufacturers’ reluctance
28 November 2019

 

Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 30 Nov 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content; new website has no search function]

 

Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 30 Nov 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 30 Nov 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 30 Nov 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 30 Nov 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 30 Nov 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 30 Nov 2019
Immigration
CDC recommended that migrants receive flu vaccine, but CBP rejected the idea
November 25, 2019 at 3:58 p.m. EST
EL PASO — As influenza spread through migrant detention facilities last winter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that U.S. Customs and Border Protection vaccinate detained migrants against the virus, a push that CBP rejected, according to a newly released letter to Congress.

The CDC recommendation was revealed in a letter from the agency to Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.), chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the CDC. The agency’s director, Robert Redfield, issued the letter Nov. 7 in response to questions DeLauro posed last month after the flu had taken a toll on migrants in U.S. custody during the past year…

DeLauro said CBP’s continuing refusal to provide flu vaccines to detained migrants is “unconscionable,” especially given Trump administration policies and migrant influxes that at times have caused U.S. facilities to be significantly overcrowded.

“CDC’s recommendations are clear: flu vaccines should be administered to people as soon as possible to prevent the spread of this deadly disease,” she said. “Worse still, administration policies that kept families locked in cages for extended periods of time greatly increased their risk of illness.”

Officials with CBP have never provided immunizations for detained migrants and does not plan to do so now, according to Kelly Cahalan, an agency spokeswoman.

“CBP has significantly expanded medical support efforts, and now has more than 250 medical personnel engaged along the Southwest border. To try and layer a comprehensive vaccinations system on to that would be logistically very challenging for a number of reasons,” she said. “The system and process for implementing vaccines — for supply chains, for quality control, for documentation, for informed consent, for adverse reactions — is complex, and those programs are already in place at other steps in the immigration process as appropriate.”…