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 11 Apr 2020
Think 168,000 Ventilators Is Too Few? Try Three.
Why COVID-19 Might Hit African Nations Hardest
The coronavirus has been slow to spread across Africa. But a wave may soon hit, and health-care workers are bracing for disaster.
April 10, 2020
Graeme Wood, Staff writer


Coronavirus: Africa will not be testing ground for vaccine, says WHO
6 April 2020
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned as “racist” the comments by two French doctors who suggested a vaccine for the coronavirus could be tested in Africa.
“Africa can’t and won’t be a testing ground for any vaccine,” said Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
The doctors’ remarks during a TV debate sparked outrage, and they were accused of treating Africans like “human guinea pigs”.
One of them later issued an apology.
When asked about the doctors’ suggestion during the WHO’s coronavirus briefing, Dr Tedros became visibly angry, calling it a hangover from the “colonial mentality”.
“It was a disgrace, appalling, to hear during the 21st Century, to hear from scientists, that kind of remark. We condemn this in the strongest terms possible, and we assure you that this will not happen,” he said.


The Economist
Accessed 11 Apr 2020
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Financial Times
Accessed 11 Apr 2020
Mystery surrounds ‘cured’ patients who tested positive
…. Jerome Kim, an immunology expert and director-general of the International Vaccine Institute, said experts did not yet have a definitive understanding of Covid-19 and that changes might be required in how…
April 10, 2020


11 April 2020
The World 2.0: Is Coronavirus The Great Disrupter?
The coronavirus pandemic shows signs that it may be a great disrupter, reshuffling economic and social structures. But unlike past recessions, this one has a discrete cause and a finite, if not predictable, timeline that will come to an end. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with our economy.
By Jason B. Freeman Contributor


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 11 Apr 2020
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Foreign Policy
Accessed 11 Apr 2020
Argument |
Poor Countries Need to Think Twice About Social Distancing
Policies imposed in rich countries to fight the coronavirus could have adverse effects in low-income nations—potentially endangering more lives than they save.
Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Zachary Barnett-Howell
April 10, 2020,


The Guardian
Accessed 11 Apr 2020
The super-rich
Call for super-rich to donate more to tackle coronavirus pandemic
While some billionaires have pledged vast chunks of their wealth others have been criticised for not giving enough, or even at all
Rupert Neate
Sat 11 Apr 2020 03.00 EDT


New Yorker
Accessed 11 Apr 2020
April 20, 2020 Issue
Who Gets a Ventilator?
A New York State task force devised a set of guidelines to help doctors decide how to apportion ventilators, but the state has failed to issue any protocols for allocating the devices to coronavirus patients.
By Tyler Foggatt

Annals of Medicine
How Anthony Fauci Became America’s Doctor
An infectious-disease expert’s long crusade against some of humanity’s most virulent threats.
By Michael Specter


New York Times
Accessed 11 Apr 2020
Could the New Coronavirus Weaken ‘Anti-Vaxxers’?
An American mother-of-three is a long-time member of “anti-vaxxer” groups online: a small but vocal global community that believes vaccines are a dangerous con and refuse to immunize themselves or their children.
April 11 By Reuters

Pro Football
No Vaccine, No American Fans in Stands-Says Poll
North America’s sports leagues may be itching to return to action but 72% of those who responded to a Seton Hall poll said they would not feel safe to attend games until a vaccine for the novel coronavirus is developed.
April 9 By Reuters


Washington Post
Accessed 11 Apr 2020
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