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 30 May 2020
We Don’t Even Have a COVID-19 Vaccine, and Yet the Conspiracies Are Here
Even as vaccines for the disease are being held up as the last hope for a return to normalcy, misinformation about them is spreading.
Sarah Zhang May 24, 2020


Accessed 30 May 2020
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The Economist
Accessed 30 May 2020
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Financial Times
Accessed 30 May 2020
Explainer World Health Organization
Trump declaration to terminate WHO relationship puzzles experts
May 30, 2020

Interview Coronavirus
Merck chief casts doubt on coronavirus vaccine timeframe
…Merck chief executive Ken Frazier has cast doubt on the 12 to 18-month timeframe to develop an effective coronavirus vaccine, describing the widely mooted schedule as “very aggressive”.
May 26, 2020
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Accessed 30 May 2020
Breaking  |  
10 hours ago
China Says A Coronavirus Vaccine May Be Ready This Year
China has five potential Covid-19 vaccines in the works.
By Carlie Porterfield Forbes Staff

Breaking  |  
May 29, 2020
Public Health Experts Slam Trump’s Decision To End Relationship With WHO
By Rachel Sandler Forbes Staff


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 30 May 2020
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Foreign Policy
Accessed 30 May 2020 |
Trump Scapegoats China and WHO—and Americans Will Suffer
The White House’s official narrative about the pandemic is contradicted by the facts—and creates new obstacles to stopping the virus.
Voice | Laurie Garrett


Trump Pulls Out of World Health Organization Amid Pandemic
Democrats and NGOs slammed the White House decision, saying the U.S. president was ceding influence to China and further undercutting the coronavirus response.
Report | Robbie Gramer, Colum Lynch, Jack Detsch


The Guardian
Accessed 30 May 2020
Australian anti-vaxxers label Covid-19 a ‘scam’ and break distancing …
21 hours ago

US anti-vaxxers aim to spread fear over future coronavirus vaccine …
1 day ago .


New Yorker
Accessed 30 May 2020
Politics and More Podcast
To Test a Vaccine for COVID-19, Should Volunteers Risk Their Lives?
Larissa MacFarquhar talks with a would-be participant in a human-challenge trial, in which subjects would—hypothetically—be infected with SARS-CoV2 to test a potential vaccine.
By Dorothy Wickenden
May 25, 2020


New York Times
Accessed 30 May 2020
Pope Presides Over Virus Prayer in Hint Normalcy Returning
Pope Francis prayed Saturday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic and the development of a vaccine as he presided over an outdoor gathering that signaled a semblance of normalcy returning to the Vatican after a coronavirus lockdown lasting more than two months.
By The Associated Press 6h ago

Asia Pacific
Chinese Vaccine Could Be Ready by Year-End, Government Body Says
A Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine could be ready for market as early as the end of this year, China’s State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) said in a social media post.
By Reuters May 30

Russia Plans Coronavirus Vaccine Clinical Trials in Two Weeks: Report
Russian scientists plan to start clinical trials within two weeks on a vaccine to combat the novel coronavirus, the health minister was quoted as saying on Saturday as authorities approved the country’s first anti-COVID-19 drug.
By Reuters May 30


Washington Post
Accessed 30 May 2020
This Montana farm boy became a scientific legend, developing vaccines to protect kids worldwide
Maurice Hilleman isn’t a household name, but he has saved untold millions of lives
Kathleen McLaughlin · · May 23, 2020