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
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/
Accessed 21 Nov 2020
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 21 Nov 2020
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 21 Nov 2020
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

Financial Times
https://www.ft.com/
Accessed 21 Nov 2020
Hungary
Brussels warns Hungary on Russian Covid jab
Brussels has warned that Hungary would risk undermining public confidence in coronavirus vaccinations should it bypass the EU medicines regulator and roll out the Russian jab Budapest plans to trial. The European Commission said on Thursday mass Covid-19 inoculation would become “much harder” if citizens began to question a vaccine because it had not been approved as safe and effective. The comments highlight tensions over Budapest’s decision to run clinical trials next month of the Russian Sputnik V drug, which has not yet been assessed by the European Medicines Agency. While the Brussels statement did not mention Hungary or Sputnik V by name, no other EU member state has announced plans for such a radical move outside the bloc-wide vaccination programme overseen by the commission….
November 19, 2020

 

Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 21 Nov 2020
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 21 Nov 2020
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 21 Nov 2020[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

The Guardian
http://www.guardiannews.com/
Accessed 21 Nov 2020
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 21 Nov 2020
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 21 Nov 2020
Health
F.D.A. Grants Emergency Authorization of Antibody Treatment Given to Trump
The treatment, made by the biotech company Regeneron, is a cocktail of two powerful antibodies that have shown promise for people who get it early in the course of the disease.
By Katie Thomas and Noah Weiland
Nov 21

 

Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/
Middle East
Group of 20 leaders call for global coronavirus vaccine access as U.S. labs near approval
By Miriam Berger
November 21, 2020 at 6:12 p.m. EST
BEIRUT — Leaders from the Group of 20 nations urged greater global cooperation Saturday to ensure coronavirus vaccines reach beyond the wealthiest regions as promising U.S. vaccines appear closer to approval.
The comments draw clear contrasts with the Trump administration’s go-it-alone approach, including its break with the World Health Organization. The appeals also struck at questions over whether U.S.-made vaccines would become widely available beyond commercial deals once President-elect Joe Biden takes office — even as the United States struggles with the world’s highest death toll from the coronavirus.
With leaders connecting by video link — and Saudi Arabia as the host — attention quickly turned to vaccines as promising results from U.S.-based labs Pfizer and Moderna raise hopes of additional weapons soon against the pandemic, with China and Russia planning expansion beyond trials of their vaccines…