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
Accessed 8 Feb 2020
The New Coronavirus Is a Truly Modern Epidemic
New diseases are mirrors that reflect how a society works—and where it fails.
Ed Yong
February 3, 2020


Accessed 8 Feb 2020
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The Economist
Accessed 8 Feb 2020
Babbage – Viral hit—the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine
Feb 5, 2020


Financial Times
Coronavirus shows risk of Trump cuts to health spending
Private sector may not be able to pick up the slack on drug and vaccine development
Gillian Tett
February 6, 2020


Army Inches Closer To Develop Zika And Dengue Virus Vaccine
Mosquito-carried diseases such as the Zika virus and Dengue still continue to thrive in warm temperate parts of the world, but new US army research suggests we are on the cusp of figuring out a vaccine that could potentially work to fight both these infections.
Feb 8, 2020 By Dana Dovey Contributor


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 8 Feb 2020
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Foreign Policy
Accessed 8 Feb 2020
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The Guardian
Accessed 8 Feb 2020
Coronavirus outbreak
China’s ghost cities: fear of coronavirus leaves streets deserted …
8 Feb 2020
Residents say they are trapped in their own homes as the country grapples with the expanding outbreak.


New Yorker
Accessed 8 Feb 2020
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New York Times
Accessed 8 Feb 2020
C.D.C. and W.H.O. Offers to Help China Have Been Ignored for Weeks
Privately, Chinese doctors say they need outside expertise. But Beijing, without saying why, has shown no interest so far.
Feb 7 By Donald G. McNeil Jr. and Zolan Kanno-Youngs

Widespread Outcry in China Over Death of Coronavirus Doctor
The doctor, Li Wenliang, had been silenced by the police after warning about the new coronavirus that has killed hundreds in China and sickened thousands.
By Li Yuan

W.H.O. Fights a Pandemic Besides Coronavirus: an ‘Infodemic’
Working with the big tech companies, the U.N. health agency has made strides in combating rumors and falsehoods on the internet about the new infection.
By Matt Richtel


Washington Post
Accessed 8 Feb 2020
World Health Organization’s praise of China’s handling of coronavirus raises eyebrows
Some health experts wonder if the WHO’s deference to China helped spread the virus in the initial weeks.
By Emily Rauhala