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 21 Dec 2019
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BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 21 Dec 2019
20 Dec 2019
African swine fever: Fears rise as virus spreads to Indonesia
Indonesia has become the latest Asian country to face an outbreak of African swine fever, a deadly pig virus devastating farmers across the region.
On Wednesday, the country’s agriculture ministry said nearly 30,000 pigs have died from the disease in North Sumatra.
The virus is expected to wipe out more than half of China’s pig herd this year.
Australia has grown increasingly concerned, stepping up biosecurity measures to keep swine fever out.
Although it’s harmless to humans, the disease can kill pigs within a few days, and the fatality rate can be up to 100%, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)….
The race for a vaccine
As long as animals were sick only in Africa and occasional outbreaks in Europe were successfully tackled by culling, there was little effort to develop a vaccine.
Since the outbreak has spread to Asia with millions of animals affected, scientists are racing to find one. But the virus is unusually complex

 

The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 21 Dec 2019
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Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
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Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 21 Dec 2019
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Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 21 Dec 2019
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Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 21 Dec 2019
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The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 21 Dec 2019
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New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 21 Dec 2019
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 21 Dec 2019
Dec. 20
Africa
Merck Says Ebola Vaccine to Be Available at Lowest Access Price for Poor Nations
Merck & Co said on Friday it expects to make licensed doses of its recently approved Ebola vaccine available in the third quarter of 2020 and price the single-dose injection at the lowest possible access price for poor and middle-income countries.
By Reuters

Dec. 18
Asia Pacific
Gunmen in Pakistan Kill Two Police Escorting Polio Vaccinators
Gunmen shot and killed two police officers escorting a polio vaccination team on Wednesday forcing a suspension of the immunization campaign in a district of northwest Pakistan, where the crippling disease is endemic.
By Reuters

Dec. 17
Health
Dr. John Robbins, Developer of a Meningitis Vaccine, Dies at 86
His method of boosting immune protection in babies helped save seven million lives. But he never profited from it.
By Donald G. McNeil Jr.

Dec. 16
New York
Strict Vaccine Law Stumbles in N.J. Legislature
There were not enough votes in the State Senate to end religious exemptions to vaccine requirements for all students.
By Sharon Otterman and Tracey Tully

 

Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 21 Dec 2019
A major funder of the anti-vaccine movement has made millions selling natural health products
Neena Satija and Lena H. Sun · Dec 20, 2019

John Robbins, pioneer of a meningitis vaccine, dies at 86
Emily Langer · Dec 19, 2019