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 10 Oct 2020
What Happens If the U.S. Withdraws From the W.H.O.? – How China Outsmarted the Trump Administration
While the U.S. is distracted, China is rewriting the rules of the global order.
Story by Anne Applebaum
November 2020 Issue
… American withdrawal from the WHO will have another impact: China’s influence will grow. And America will lose yet another battle in an ideological war that most of us don’t even know we are fighting. For more than a decade, while we’ve been distracted by other things, the Chinese government has made the gradual rewriting of international rules—all kinds of rules, in many realms, including commerce and politics—one of the central pillars of its foreign policy. At a Communist Party congress in 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping openly declared this to be a “new era” of “great-power diplomacy with Chinese characteristics.” And in this new era—a time of the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”—China is seeking to “take an active part in leading the reform of the global governance system.” Stated plainly, this is an attempt to rewrite the operating language of the international system so that it benefits autocracies instead of democracies….


Accessed 10 Oct 2020
Measles in DR Congo: By air, boat and foot to deliver the vaccine
The health workers going to great lengths to deliver vital supplies in the fight against measles in DR Congo.
Published 5 Oct 2020


The Economist
Accessed 10 Oct 2020
Deliverance delayed
Pakistan and Afghanistan are the last countries fighting polio
Covid-19 has contributed to a resurgence in the poliovirus
Oct 10th 2020 edition


Financial Times
Accessed 10 Oct 2020
Coronavirus treatment
US should not approve vaccine based on UK trials, says Pelosi
…Nancy Pelosi has said that the US should not approve a Covid-19 vaccine based on data from British trials, amid fears that the Trump administration is planning to rush out an inoculation before…
October 9, 2020

Coronavirus treatment
China joins WHO vaccine initiative in diplomatic push
…China will join a World Health Organization initiative aimed at ensuring fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines around the world as part of Beijing’s latest effort to steal a public relations march on…
October 9, 2020

Trade Secrets
Impending row over Covid vaccine patents at WTO
…provocative move at the WTO over intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines and other treatments, while Tall Tales is about USTR Robert Lighthizer’s attempts to spin horrendous news as a victory. Our…
October 8, 2020

Special Report
Future of Logistics
Logisticians grapple to map out ‘cold chain’ for vaccine campaign
…While you are sleeping, swarms of Unicef logisticians around the world are busy mapping the world’s fridges. The logisticians are part of the organisation’s efforts to ensure that a Covid-19 vaccine…
October 8, 2020

Coronavirus treatment
AstraZeneca vaccine document shows limit of no-profit pledge
…AstraZeneca, which has promised not to profit from its Covid-19 vaccine “during the pandemic”, has the right to declare an end to the pandemic as soon as July 2021, according to an agreement with a…
October 7, 2020

Donald Trump
Trump accuses US drug regulator of ‘political hit job’ over Covid vaccine
…Drug Administration of making it more difficult to approve a vaccine ahead of the presidential election on November 3, after the agency passed tough new guidelines.“New FDA Rules make it more difficult…
October 7, 2020

Less than half UK population to receive coronavirus vaccine, says task force head | Free to read
…Less than half the UK population can expect to be vaccinated against coronavirus, the head of the government’s vaccine task force has said in an attempt to clear up the public’s “misguided” perception…
October 4, 2020
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Accessed 10 Oct 2020
Oct 9, 2020
Report: White House Rejected CDC Mask Mandate On Commercial And Public Transportation
The White House has increasingly butted heads with the CDC in the past month.
By Matt Perez Forbes Staff

Oct 9, 2020
Bill Gates Lambastes Trump For Politicizing Science
Bill Gates criticized Donald Trump for politicizing science and outlined the plan for a return to normal.
By Will Jeakle Contributor

Oct 9, 2020
State Of Emergency Declared, Highest Ever Rates, As EU Orders Up To 400 Million Doses Of Vaccine
The EU has announced a deal to buy 200 million doses of vaccine–as Madrid declares state of emergency and France records highest ever rates.
By Alex Ledsom Senior Contributor


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 10 Oct 2020
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Foreign Policy
Accessed 10 Oct 2020
Security Brief
Foreign Aid Is Caught in the Crossfire of Trump’s Stimulus Battle
Aid groups fear that government inaction will fuel economic malaise, hunger, and disease in the developing world.
| October 8, 2020, 1:12 PM Jack Detsch, Robbie Gramer


The Guardian
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New Yorker
Video Dept.
Anthony Fauci on the Coronavirus and the Prospects for a Vaccine
On the first night of the 2020 New Yorker Festival, the infectious-disease specialist spoke about COVID-19, superspreaders, and a possible vaccine.
By Rachel Riederer October 6, 2020


New York Times
Accessed 10 Oct 2020
Battered by Trump, the C.D.C.’s Director Faces Pressure to Speak Out
The agency prides itself on avoiding Washington partisanship. But the White House has successfully pushed the agency to revise guidelines on matters like school reopenings and church gatherings.
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg
PRINT EDITIONC.D.C.’s Director Is Challenged to ‘Stand Up to a Bully’|October 11, 2020, Page A14

White House Blocked C.D.C. From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation
The order would have mandated that both passengers and employees wear face coverings on planes, trains, buses and subways and in airports, stations and depots.
By Sheila Kaplan
PRINT EDITIONC.D.C.’s Order for Masks On Transit Was Blocked|October 10, 2020, Page A6


Washington Post
Accessed 10 Oct 2020
Vaccine official who filed complaint against Trump administration resigns from NIH
One of the federal government’s top vaccine officials resigned from his role at the National Institutes of Health on Tuesday after accusing his superiors of politically motivated retaliation in response to his criticism of the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Rick Bright, who formerly directed the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, was removed from his post in April and reassigned to a narrower role at NIH, where, he said in a whistleblower complaint, his work was “thwarted by political considerations that continue to harm public health and safety.” The complaint accuses Department of Health and Human Services leaders of giving Bright a less prestigious job because he pushed back against President Trump’s lofty claims about hydroxychloroquine’s potential as a covid-19 treatment…
Teo Armus, Jennifer Hassan, Adam Taylor, Lateshia Beachum, Paulina Villegas, Hannah Denham and Reis Thebault · National · Oct 6, 2020