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 18 Apr 2020
America’s COVID-19 Disaster Is a Setback for Democracy
If the country’s institutions cannot function effectively during a crisis, and especially if a view takes hold that authoritarian regimes are managing the crisis more decisively, a grim future lies ahead.
April 16, 2020 , Larry Diamond
Senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University


Accessed 18 Apr 2020
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The Economist
Accessed 18 Apr 2020
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Financial Times
Accessed 18 Apr 2020
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Apr 15, 2020
Optum CEO Witty To Take Leave To Join WHO’s COVID-19 Vaccine Effort
UnitedHealth Group’s Sir Andrew Witty will take a leave of absence running Optum to “co-lead a global effort of the World Health Organization” to develop a vaccine for the Coronavirus strain COVID-19.
B y Bruce Japsen, Senior Contributor


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 18 Apr 2020
World   Apr 17, 2020 Snapshot
Mass Consumption Is What Ails Us
Pandemics are not arbitrary calamities, but instead probabilistic events made more likely by human agency. This means that averting future pandemics requires a…
Sonia Shah

United States   Apr 17, 2020 Snapshot
Technology Can Help Solve the Coronavirus Crisis If Government Steps Up
Washington has already missed the opportunity to use digital tools that could have saved lives in the early months of the crisis. Now it stands poised to miss a chance…
Mira Rapp-Hooper and Samm Sacks


Foreign Policy
Accessed 18 Apr 2020 |
Pentagon Considers Extending Enlistments During Pandemic
Senior defense official expects to see more impacts to war readiness as the coronavirus outbreak hampers recruiting and halts travel.
Q&A | Jack Detsch


The Remaking of Big Pharma in a Post-Pandemic World
COVID-19 has bucked conventional wisdom on how the industry must operate.
Argument | Ethan Guillén, Melissa Chan


How Globalization Will Look After the Coronavirus Pandemic
New barriers are going up at breathtaking speed. The pandemic will accelerate not the demise of globalization, but its transformation.
Argument | Richard Fontaine


The Guardian
Accessed 18 Apr 2020
Opinion Coronavirus outbreak
Africans facing coronavirus must not suffer the injustices they saw with AIDS
Sat 18 Apr 2020 Lydia Namubiru

Opinion Technology
When Covid-19 has done with us, what will be the new normal?
From online GPs and home working to smartphone tracking, the speed at which we are embracing technology is unprecedented – but can we trust it?
Sat 18 Apr 2020 John Naughton


New Yorker
Accessed 18 Apr 2020
Seoul’s Radical Experiment in Digital Contact Tracing
In South Korea, the government is disseminating detailed tracking data on people with COVID-19.
By Max S. Kim

Q. & A.
Gordon Brown’s Case for Global Coöperation During COVID-19
By Isaac Chotiner

News Desk
How Spain’s Coronavirus-Infection Rate Became One of the World’s Highest
By Stephania Taladrid

Will the Coronavirus Spare the World’s Most Remote Places?
Villages in Alaska are sealing themselves off from the outside world to prevent infection; if the pandemic arrives, it will be devastating.
By Caroline Lester
April 17, 2020


New York Times
Accessed 18 Apr 2020
Asia Pacific
UK Scientists to Make a Million Potential COVID-19 Vaccines Before Proof
A million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine being developed by British scientists are already being manufactured and will be available by September, even before trials prove whether the shot is effective, the team said on Friday.
By Reuters
Apr 17

Congo Records Five New Ebola Cases, Shelves Declaration of End to Epidemic
Five new Ebola infections have been recorded in eastern Congo since last week in a new flare-up just as the government was about to declare an end to the deadly epidemic, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
By Reuters
Apr 17

Draft UN Resolution Urges Global Access to COVID-19 Material
The U.N. General Assembly has until Monday to consider a draft resolution calling for global action to rapidly scale up development, manufacturing and access to medicine, vaccines and medical equipment to confront the coronavirus pandemic.
By The Associated Press
April 17


Washington Post
Accessed 18 Apr 2020
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