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 July 2020
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Accessed 11 July 2020
Coronavirus: UK opts out of EU Covid-19 vaccine scheme
10 July 2020
The UK will not join the EU Covid-19 vaccine scheme, the UK’s ambassador to the EU Sir Tim Barrow has said.
Sir Tim said if the UK joined the scheme it would have no say on decisions including on price or which manufacturers to negotiate with.
The UK would also be unable to “pursue parallel negotiations with potential vaccine suppliers”, he said in his letter to the European Commission.
The EU scheme aims to secure supplies of potential coronavirus vaccines.
The European Commission plans to enter into agreements with individual vaccine producers on behalf of the bloc’s member states as part of the multi-million pound programme.
In return for the right to buy a specified number of vaccine doses in an agreed timeframe and price, the Commission will finance a part of the vaccine producer’s upfront costs.
Reacting to earlier reports the UK will opt out of the initiative, the Wellcome Trust said countries “urgently” needed to work together “if we’re to stand any chance of delivering global equitable access to a Covid-19 vaccine”…

India scientists alarmed over ‘unrealistic’ Covid vaccine deadline
6 July 2020
A group of Indian scientists has warned a deadline to launch a Covid-19 vaccine for public use is unfeasible.
The Indian Academy of Sciences warned against “any hasty solution that may compromise rigorous scientific processes and standards”.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had said it “envisaged” the vaccine to be launched by 15 August, which is India’s Independence Day.
The ICMR has since said the date was “not a deadline”…


The Economist
Accessed 11 July 2020
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Financial Times
Accessed 11 July 2020
Lunch with the FT
Anthony Fauci: ‘We are living in the perfect storm’
July 10, 2020


Accessed 11 July 2020
Jul 10, 2020
Coronavirus Vaccine Approval Might Be Sought This Year, According To CEO
A German biotech firm working with New York-based pharma giant Pfizer Inc. to develop a coronavirus vaccine claims it’s confident it will be ready to seek regulatory approval for widespread distribution of its drug by the end of the year, its chief executive told the Wall Street Journal, making w…
By Karen Robinson-Jacobs Forbes Staff


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 11 July 2020
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Foreign Policy
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Leaving the WHO Will Hurt Americans’ Health
The World Health Organization is woven into the fabric of U.S. public health, and extricating it won’t be easy.
By Matthew M. Kavanagh, Mara Pillinger
| July 7, 2020, 2:12 PM

‘America First’ vs. ‘The People’s Vaccine’ 
The rise of “vaccine nationalism” threatens to leave poor countries out in the cold.
By Colum Lynch
| July 6, 2020, 2:48 PM


The Guardian
UK plan to shun EU vaccine scheme ‘unforgivable’, say critics …
10 July 2020 Health secretary says government believes there is a quicker way to source a coronavirus vaccine for Britons.


New Yorker
Accessed 11 July 2020
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New York Times
Accessed 11 July 2020
Bulgari Adds Vaccine Research to Its Creations
A multimillion-euro fund initially will benefit doctoral students at Oxford University.
By Ming Liu – July 10

Sunday Review
A Coronavirus Vaccine Won’t Work if People Don’t Take It
We need to start convincing skeptics now.
By Phoebe Danziger – July 9

Who Gets a Vaccine First? U.S. Considers Race in Coronavirus Plans
When a vaccine hits the market, it will be a key tool in putting an end to the pandemic. A federal committee is debating giving early access to groups that face a high risk.
By Megan Twohey – July 9


Washington Post
Accessed 11 July 2020
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