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 12 Sep 2020
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Accessed 12 Sep 2020
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The Economist
Accessed 12 Sep 2020
Covid-19 and beyond
The world needs a better World Health Organisation
The WHO has done well against covid-19. But it needs more muscle and more money
Sep 12th 2020 edition


Accessed 12 Sep 2020
Breaking  |  9 hours ago
AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Back On In U.K. After Abrupt Halt
After an investigation, the vaccine candidate was deemed safe by regulars, the company said.
By Carlie Porterfield Forbes Staff


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 12 Sep 2020
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Foreign Policy
Accessed 12 Sep 2020
Trump Administration Orders U.S. Diplomats to Curtail Contact With WHO 
While Trump burns bridges with the World Health Organization, U.S. officials strain to preserve American influence in an institution that is critical to global health challenges.
Colum Lynch, Robbie Gramer, Allison Meakem
September 9, 2020, 4:41 PM


The Guardian
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New Yorker
Medical Dispatch
It Will Take More Than a Vaccine to Beat COVID-19
Vaccines are making progress, but they may not defeat the virus completely. Luckily, other therapies are on the way, too.
By Dhruv Khullar
September 8, 2020


New York Times
Accessed 12 Sep 2020
AstraZeneca Partly Resumes Coronavirus Vaccine Trial After Halting It for Safety
The company said tests of its vaccine would start up again in Britain while remaining suspended in the U.S. and other countries. Pfizer, a competitor, announced an expansion of its trials.
By Carl Zimmer, Katie Thomas and Benjamin Mueller
Sep 12

Trump Pressed for Plasma Therapy. Officials Worry, Is an Unvetted Vaccine Next?
New details of how the president has demanded faster action from health agencies help explain the intensifying concern that he could demand pre-Election Day approval of a vaccine.
By Sharon LaFraniere, Noah Weiland and Michael D. Shear
Sep 12

The Vaccine Challenge: ‘Not Putting All Our Eggs in One Basket’
Anita Anand is out shopping for millions of doses of a coronavirus vaccine that isn’t yet approved to make sure Canada is ready when it finally is.
By Ian Austen
Sept. 11

How China is using promises of a vaccine as a diplomatic carrot.
With pledges of a coronavirus vaccine, China is on a charm offensive to repair strained diplomatic ties and bolster engagement with other countries.
By Sui-Lee Wee

Washington Post
Accessed 12 Sep 2020
Most Americans worry coronavirus vaccine will be rushed by political pressure, new poll finds
…Confidence in a coronavirus vaccine that the Trump administration said could be ready before Election…
Teo Armus, Jennifer Hassan, Marisa Iati, Paulina Villegas, Miriam Berger, Hamza Shaban, Meryl Kornfield, Paulina Firozi and Darren Sands · Sep 10, 2020