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 July 2020
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Accessed 18 July 2020
Russia’s UK ambassador rejects coronavirus vaccine hacking allegations
Russia’s representative in the UK also dismisses suggestions of interference in British politics.
18 Jul 2020


The Economist
Accessed 18 July 2020
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Financial Times
Accessed 18 July 2020
Interview Coronavirus treatment
World must pick sides in vaccines battle, says Russian wealth fund chief
Kirill Dmitriev says his country will be among those to develop a vaccine soon
The head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund said his country and a handful of other leading powers would develop viable Covid-19 vaccines in the new year, forcing the rest of the world to chose which of them to align with. Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive of the state-run Russian Direct Investment Fund, also warned that public health could be put at risk and coronavirus immunity divided by geopolitical faultlines if countries chose “political biases” instead of sourcing the most effective defences against the virus. “Six months from now, we will be in a situation where a few countries will have vaccines, and we believe those countries will be the UK, Russia, China and the US,” Mr Dmitriev told the Financial Times in an interview. “And basically other countries will decide . . . which vaccine to buy . . . and who do you trust?”…
July 17, 2020


Accessed 18 July 2020
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Foreign Affairs
Accessed 18 July 2020
Predicting the Next Pandemic
The United States Needs an Early Warning System for Infectious Diseases
By Andrew S. Natsios
July 14, 2020


Foreign Policy
Accessed 18 July 2020 | [No new, unique, relevant content]
The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Transform How Vaccines Are Made
The COVID-19 crisis could enable the improvement of the global vaccine system for all diseases. Here’s how that could happen.
By Saad B. Omer
| July 16, 2020, 12:50 PM


The Guardian
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New Yorker
Accessed 18 July 2020
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New York Times
Accessed 18 July 2020
Mistrust of a Coronavirus Vaccine Could Imperil Widespread Immunity
Billions are being poured into developing a shot, but the rapid timetable and President Trump’s cheerleading are creating a whole new group of vaccine-hesitant patients.
By Jan Hoffman July 18

Inside Johnson & Johnson’s Nonstop Hunt for a Coronavirus Vaccine
In Boston and in the Netherlands, scientists are racing to build a vaccine against the virus strangling the world.
By Carl Zimmer

In Coronavirus Vaccine Race, China Strays From the Official Paths
Beijing is offering several vaccine candidates to employees of state-owned companies and the armed forces, while also conducting clinical trials in other countries.
By Sui-Lee Wee and Mariana Simões July 16

Chief Vaccine Scientist Will Not Be Forced to Disclose Pharmaceutical Stocks
Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the chief adviser for the Trump administration’s coronavirus vaccine program, can remain a government contractor, thus shielding him from disclosure rules.
By Noah Weiland


Washington Post
Accessed 18 July 2020
Social Issues
Anti-vaccination leaders fuel black mistrust of medical establishment as covid-19 kills people of color
The memory of the horrific Tuskegee syphilis study makes some African Americans suspicious of a coronavirus vaccine
By Peter Jamison July 17, 2020