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 16 May 2020
Politics
The Most Remarkable Part of Rick Bright’s Testimony
The whistleblower’s claims about the government’s lack of COVID-19 preparedness went largely uncontested, even by the president’s allies.
Russell Berman May 14, 2020

 

BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 16 May 2020
Coronavirus Sanofi: French drug giant rows back after vaccine storm
14 May 202
The French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has rowed back on an apparent promise to prioritise the US market with any potential Covid-19 vaccine.
Sanofi CEO Paul Hudson sparked a row by saying the US government had “the right to the largest pre-order because it’s invested in taking the risk”.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe responded by saying access for all was “non-negotiable”.
Sanofi’s chairman has now vowed equal access for everyone…

 

The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 16 May 2020
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Financial Times
http://www.ft.com/home/uk
Accessed 16 May 2020
Coronavirus: free to read
Why vaccine ‘nationalism’ could slow coronavirus fight |
Health experts fear US-China tensions could hamper global co-operation and limit poorer nations’ access to a treatment
May 14, 2020

Any Covid-19 vaccine must be treated as a global public good
David Pilling
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Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 16 May 2020
May 15, 2020
Unveiling Effort To Speed COVID-19 Vaccine, Trump Says, ‘Vaccine Or No Vaccine, We’re Back’
Dr. Moncef Slaoui will co-lead the effort with Army General Gustave Perna.
By Matt Perez Forbes Staff

 

Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 16 May 2020
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Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 16 May 2020 |
How the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Permanently Expand Government Powers
For Part 4 in our series on the world after the pandemic, we asked 10 leading global thinkers for their predictions.
Analysis |
James Crabtree, Robert D. Kaplan, Robert Muggah, Kumi Naidoo, Shannon O\’Neil, Adam Posen, Kenneth Roth, Bruce Schneier, Stephen M. Walt, Alexandra Wrage

 

If There’s a Vaccine, Who Gets It First?
As researchers around the world race to develop a coronavirus vaccine, questions remain over equitable distribution.
Morning Brief | Audrey Wilson

 

The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 16 May 2020
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New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 16 May 2020
Daily Comment
Rick Bright and the Pandemic Path Not Taken
The course of the pandemic in this country could have been different; the United States failed, and it didn’t have to.
By Amy Davidson Sorkin
May 15, 2020

Q. & A.
The Danger of Rushing Through Clinical Trials During the Coronavirus Pandemic
An epidemiologist and expert on clinical trials discusses what makes a good trial, why a pandemic is not the time to speed up the drug-approval process, and the most important fixes for our health-care system.
By Isaac Chotiner
May 14, 2020

 

New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 16 May 2020
Europe
UK to Invest Up to 93 Million Pounds in New Coronavirus Vaccine Centre
The British government will invest up to 93 million pounds ($112 million) to accelerate construction of a new vaccines centre, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said on Saturday.
By Reuters

U.S.
Trump Says Considering Making Vaccine Available Free of Charge
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he was looking at possibly making a coronavirus vaccine available free of charge.
By Reuters

Europe
Costa Rica Seeks Unity for COVID Fight as WHO Assembly Looms
Costa Rica’s president said Friday that COVID-19 can only be defeated if countries shun nationalism and aren’t “selfish,” urging access to diagnostics and treatment tools for everyone as a major meeting of the World Health Organization’s membership looms next week.
By The Associated Press

Health
US Begins ‘Warp Speed’ Vaccine Push as Studies Ramp Up
President Donald Trump vowed to use “every plane, truck and soldier” to distribute COVID-19 vaccines he hopes will be ready by year’s end — even as the country’s top scientists gear up for a master experiment to rapidly tell if any really work.
By The Associated Press

 

Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 16 May 2020
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