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 05 Dec 2020
Britain’s Vaccine Nationalism
The country has bet that, outside the EU, it can better regulate its economy to become more competitive.
Tom McTague December 3, 2020


Accessed 05 Dec 2020
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The Economist
Accessed 05 Dec 2020
[No new, unique, relevant content]


Financial Times
Accessed 05 Dec 2020
Opinion The FT View
Vaccines and the appliance of science
Inoculating the world would be impossible without the humble fridge
The editorial board

Coronavirus Business Update
UK vaccine approval triggers flurry of responses from other countries
December 2, 2020


Accessed 05 Dec 2020
Coronavirus  |  Dec 4, 2020
UK Vaccine Approval Sets Worrying Precedent For World Leaders
The British government’s decision to forego a more rigorous approval process for Covid-19 vaccines has received criticism from EU regulators—and rightly so.
By William A. Haseltine Contributor


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 05 Dec 2020
Snapshot December 2, 2020
The Dangers of Vaccine Disillusionment
A viable immunization is good news, but it won’t mean the end of masks and social distancing.
Josh Michaud and Jen Kates


Foreign Policy
Accessed 05 Dec 2020
Explainer | December 3, 2020, 10:35 AM
Where Do Things Stand With the COVID Vaccine Rollout?
The U.K.’s quick approval of the Pfizer vaccine means some Britons will get shots starting next week—but in the rest of the world, it’s going to take a while for regular people to get inoculated.
Allison Meakem, Augusta Saraiva


The Guardian
Accessed 05 Dec 2020
NHS staff no longer top priority for vaccine despite fear of third wave
Health officials warn infections at Christmas gatherings could lead to overwhelmed hospitals
Denis Campbell, Nicola Davis and Robert Booth
Thu 3 Dec 2020 19.01 EST
NHS staff will no longer get the coronavirus vaccine first after a drastic rethink about who should be given priority, it emerged last night.
The new immunisation strategy is likely to disappoint and worry thousands of frontline staff – and comes amid urgent warnings from NHS chiefs that hospitals could be “overwhelmed” in January by a third wave of Covid-19 caused by mingling over Christmas…


New Yorker
Accessed 05 Dec 2020
The New Yorker Interview
Atul Gawande on Coronavirus Vaccines and Prospects for Ending the Pandemic
The New Yorker staff writer, now a member of President-elect Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board, discusses when a vaccine might be ready for distribution, who should receive it, and whether eradicating the virus is possible.
By David Remnick December 4, 2020


New York Times
Accessed 05 Dec 2020
The Elderly vs. Essential Workers: Who Should Get the Coronavirus Vaccine First?
The C.D.C. will soon decide which group to recommend next, and the debate over the trade-offs is growing heated. Ultimately, states will determine whom to include.
By Abby Goodnough and Jan Hoffman
PRINT EDITION Officials Agonize Over Recipients Of First Vaccines | December 6, 2020

Why Inmates Should Be at the Front of the Vaccination Lines
The coronavirus spreads in prisons and then finds its way outside to infect others.
By Emily Bazelon Dec. 3

U.K. and U.S. Officials Spar Over ‘Vaccine Nationalism’
Scientists warned that a debate over which country’s regulatory system is better could undermine public faith in vaccines. Meanwhile, Britons waited to learn how soon they can get coronavirus shots.
By Benjamin Mueller Dec. 3

Facebook says it will remove coronavirus vaccine misinformation.
The step goes beyond what the social network previously did on vaccine falsehoods by taking down the false claims entirely.
By Mike Isaac Dec. 3

China Poised to Be First to Distribute Virus Vaccine in Latin America, U.S. Official Says
China, which has been expanding its presence in the region, is likely to beat the United States in its own backyard with vaccine diplomacy as Washington looks “at taking care of the U.S. first.”
By Carol Rosenberg Dec. 2

Many Trial Volunteers Got Placebo Vaccines. Do They Now Deserve the Real Ones?
Some vaccine experts worry that “unblinding” the trials and giving all of the volunteers vaccines would tarnish the long-term results.
By Carl Zimmer and Noah Weiland Dec. 2


Washington Post
Trump’s Operation Warp Speed promised a flood of covid vaccines. Instead, states are expecting a trickle.
The administration pledged several hundred million doses in 2020. Companies will actually ship about 10 percent of that.
Christopher Rowland, Lena H. Sun, Isaac Stanley-Becker and Carolyn Y. Johnson · Business · Dec 5, 2020
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