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 21 Mar 2020
The Crisis Could Last 18 Months. Be Prepared.
The shutdowns happened remarkably quickly, but the process of resuming our lives will be far more muddled.
21 Mar 2020 Juliette Kayyem
Former Department of Homeland Security official and author of Security Mom

COVID-19 Vaccines Are Coming, but They’re Not What You Think
These novel approaches could fail in many ways.
21 Mar 2020


Accessed 21 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: How close are we to a vaccine or drug?
By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent
20 March 2020


The Economist
Accessed 21 Mar 2020
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Financial Times
Accessed 21 Mar 2020
Coronavirus patient shows encouraging immune system fightback
Woman in study makes recovery three days after doctors saw numerous infection-free cells
20 Mar 2020
The most detailed scientific study yet of a coronavirus patient has produced encouraging findings about the human immune system’s ability to fight the virus and help the body recover. Researchers at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Australia analysed blood samples from a previously healthy 47-year-old woman who contracted Covid-19 and found that her recovery was due to an unexpectedly strong immune response. The woman, whose blood was tested at four different points during the course of the disease, had travelled to Melbourne from Wuhan in China where Covid-19 originated…


Mar 21, 2020
Coronavirus Crisis Shines Light On Sustainability In Global Pharma And Medical Supply Chain
Will the rush to meet medical and pharmaceutical demand for COVID-19 testing and treatment, lead to a secondary environmental challenge.
By Nishan Degnarain Contributor


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 21 Mar 2020
Pandemic Disease Is a Threat to National Security
As the United States now grapples with the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, the time is long past to make pandemic disease a national security priority…
Lisa Monaco

Editors’ Pick  |
How Deforestation Drives The Emergence Of Novel Coronaviruses
Scientists have been warning for several years that deforestation is creating an accidental laboratory for the emergence of new viruses in environments that have been altered by humans.
By Jeff McMahon Senior Contributor


Foreign Policy
Accessed 21 Mar 2020 Accessed 21 Mar 2020
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The Guardian
Accessed 21 Mar 2020
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New Yorker
Accessed 21 Mar 2020
Q. & A.
The Coronavirus and Building a Better Strategy for Fighting Pandemics
“If we had got on top of this thing two months ago, America would look very, very different” right now, Ashish Jha, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said.
By Isaac Chotiner March 20, 2020


New York Times
Accessed 21 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Vaccine Dreams
If we get a vaccine for the coronavirus, it will immediately make our world a safer, easier, more reassuring place once again. That’s what vaccines do.
By Perri Klass, M.D. March 16

Trial of Coronavirus Vaccine Made by Moderna Begins in Seattle
Healthy volunteers will test different doses of the first vaccine to find out if it is safe.
By Denise Grady


Washington Post
Accessed 21 Mar 2020
Where Are We in Quest for Coronavirus Drugs, Vaccine?: QuickTake
Mar 19, 2020