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 29 Aug 2020
I’m Optimistic That We Will Have a COVID-19 Vaccine Soon
But will everyone be able to get it?
6:00 AM ET
Alan Bernstein
Member of the Canadian COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force


Accessed 29 Aug 2020
Coronavirus: Health workers’ army to be trained to deliver Covid vaccine
By Rachel Schraer Health reporter
The government plans to train up an army of health professionals to be ready to give the coronavirus vaccine, if and when one is shown to work.


The Economist
Accessed 29 Aug 2020
Science & technology
The coronavirus pandemic
Anti-covid-19 medicines are being approved too easily
And maybe for the wrong reasons
Aug 29th 2020
WHAT DO A malaria drug, a Russian vaccine and the blood plasma of people who have recovered from covid-19 have in common? All have been approved for use by governments in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with little or no scientific substance to back those decisions up…

A first-world problem
Conspiracy theories about covid-19 vaccines may prevent herd immunity
Anti-vaccination sentiments are more prevalent in rich countries than in poor ones


Financial Times
Accessed 29 Aug 2020
US government’s Darpa probes Moderna’s vaccine patents
…The US Department of Defense’s research arm is probing patents filed by and awarded to Moderna, a US biotech company developing a Covid-19 vaccine, after researchers accused the company of failing to…
August 29, 2020

Coronavirus treatment
Covid-19 vaccine makers lobby EU for legal protection
…The European pharmaceutical industry’s vaccines lobby has pushed the EU for exemptions that would protect its members from lawsuits if there are problems with any new coronavirus vaccines, according to…
August 26, 2020


Accessed 29 Aug 2020
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Foreign Affairs
Accessed 29 Aug 2020
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Foreign Policy
While You Weren’t Looking |
Africa Is Officially Polio-Free
The continent has largely eradicated wild polio, the crowning achievement of a massive, globally coordinated public health effort.
Amy Mackinnon


The Guardian
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New Yorker
Accessed 29 Aug 2020
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New York Times
Accessed 29 Aug 2020
Asia Pacific
Sinovac’s Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate Approved for Emergency Use in China-Source
Sinovac Biotech Ltd’s coronavirus vaccine candidate CoronaVac was approved for emergency use as part of a programme in China to vaccinate high-risk groups such as medical staff, a person familiar with the matter said.
By Reuters Aug. 29

Sao Paulo to Provide Vaccine Even Without Federal Govt Help, Governor Says
The Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, which is in advanced trials of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine, will inoculate its population even if the federal government declines to help, governor Joao Doria told Reuters in an interview on Friday.
By Reuters Aug. 28

Exclusive: WHO Sweetens Terms to Join Struggling Global COVAX Vaccine Facility-Documents
Wealthier countries that join the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 vaccine plan are being offered a new option to pick and choose which shots they get while reserving a right to receive their “full share” of doses, documents seen by Reuters show.
By Reuters Aug. 28

UK to Allow Emergency Use of Any Effective COVID-19 Vaccine
Britain is preparing to revise its laws to allow the emergency use of any effective coronavirus vaccine before it is fully licensed — but only if the shots meet required safety and quality standards.
By The Associated Press Aug. 28

Japan, Eyeing Olympics, Lines Up Half-Billion Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine
Japan is making an aggressive move to grab enough coronavirus vaccine to inoculate its population four times over, a push the government hopes will instil confidence that it can host a delayed Summer Olympics next year.
By Reuters Aug. 28

Russia, Expecting Plaudits for Vaccine, Is Miffed by Its Cool Reception
Russian officials and scientists dismiss warnings about safety as Western jealousy and sour grapes. But only 24 percent of Russian doctors would take the vaccine, one survey shows.
By Andrew E. Kramer

South American Presidents Agree to Team Up on COVID-19 Vaccine Knowledge and Access
A group of South America presidents agreed on Thursday to information sharing and coordination on access to eventual COVID-19 vaccines to counter the virus which has the continent within its grip, Chile’s foreign minister said.
By Reuters Aug. 28


Washington Post
Accessed 29 Aug 2020
Proposal to allow COVID vaccine exceptions dies in committee
By Associated Press
August 26, 2020 at 10:33 a.m. EDT
RICHMOND, Va. — A committee in Virginia’s legislature has halted legislation that would create exceptions for people who don’t want to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday that the proposal was defeated in the House of Delegates’ Democratically controlled Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee.
Proposals from Republican Delegates Mark Cole and David LaRock would have created exceptions. The measure included exceptions for religious reasons as well as for people who don’t want to receive a mandated vaccine during a public health emergency.
One proposal also would have prevented the state health commissioner from requiring people to take vaccines during a public health epidemic.
Dr. Norman Oliver, Virginia’s health commissioner, caused a recent stir when he told WRIC that he would mandate COVID-19 vaccinations. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s office said afterward that he did not plan for the state government to mandate vaccinations.
A federally approved vaccine currently does not exist. But researchers have been working to develop one.