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 19 Dec 2020
How Science Beat the Virus
And what it lost in the process
Story by Ed Yong
January/February 2021 Issue
As of this writing, the biomedical library PubMed lists more than 74,000 COVID-related scientific papers—more than twice as many as there are about polio, measles, cholera, dengue, or other diseases that have plagued humanity for centuries. Only 9,700 Ebola-related papers have been published since its discovery in 1976; last year, at least one journal received more COVID19 papers than that for consideration. By September, the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine had received 30,000 submissions—16,000 more than in all of 2019. “All that difference is COVID19,” Eric Rubin, NEJM’s editor in chief, says. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, told me, “The way this has resulted in a shift in scientific priorities has been unprecedented.”…


Accessed 19 Dec 2020
Covid vaccine: Woman, 108, gets jab for her second pandemic
A 108-year-old woman from Pembrokeshire has received the Covid-19 vaccine for what is the second pandemic of her lifetime.
Mary Keir was one of 37 people at the Llandeilo site to receive their first dose of the Pfizer-Biontech jab.
She was four years old at the onset of the 1916 Spanish Flu outbreak.
Ms Keir said she felt “very lucky” and “much safer and happier” for having received the vaccine.


The Economist
Accessed 19 Dec 2020
[No new, unique, relevant content]


Financial Times
Accessed 19 Dec 2020
Coronavirus pandemic
Scientists alarmed at infectiousness of viral variant
Mutations make new strain 70 per cent more transmissible but are not expected to reduce effectiveness of vaccines
December 19, 2020


Accessed 19 Dec 2020
Dec 18, 2020
Poll: 57% Of Americans Say Co-Workers Should Have To Take Coronavirus Vaccine
It is legal for employers in the U.S. to require employees to get vaccinated, with some exceptions.
By Elana Lyn Gross Forbes Staff


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 19 Dec 2020
[No new, unique, relevant content]


Foreign Policy
Accessed 19 Dec 2020
[No new, unique, relevant content]


The Guardian
Accessed 19 Dec 2020
[No new, unique, relevant content]


New Yorker
Accessed 19 Dec 2020
Q. & A.
The Influence of the Anti-Vaccine Movement
The virologist Peter Hotez discusses the spread of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine.
By Isaac Chotiner
December 18, 2020


New York Times
Accessed 19 Dec 2020
C.D.C. Panel Endorses Moderna Vaccine for Americans
The approval sets the stage for widespread inoculations in the United States with a second coronavirus vaccine.
By Katherine J. Wu
PRINT EDITION December 20, 2020

U.S. General Apologizes for Smaller Vaccine Deliveries in Some States
Gen. Gustave F. Perna, chief operating officer for Operation Warp Speed, apologized after a number of states last week received fewer initial doses of the coronavirus vaccine than planned.
By Reuters December 19, 2020

Employers Can Require Workers to Get Covid-19 Vaccine, U.S. Says
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said employees could be barred from the workplace if they refused the vaccine.
By Vimal Patel Dec. 18

The plan to vaccinate nursing home residents faces a key obstacle: consent.
Dec. 18


Washington Post
Israel is starting to vaccinate, but Palestinians may have to wait months
Steve Hendrix and Shira Rubin · Dec 19, 2020

Chinese and Russian vaccines remain unproven — but desperate countries plan to use them anyway
Emily Rauhala, Eva Dou and Robyn Dixon · Dec 19, 2020