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 9 Jan 2021
The Next Phase of Vaccination Will Be Even Harder
Getting vaccines to hospitals and nursing homes was supposed to be the easy part.
Sarah Zhang January 7, 2021
The vaccine rollout is not going as planned. Since mid-December, the U.S. has distributed 21.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines; fewer than one-third have actually made it into people’s arms. The problems have been many and varied: holiday delays, scheduling scams, long lines in some places, and not enough demand in others. These initial kinks are getting worked out, but that alone will not get us back to normal anytime soon. The next phase of the vaccine campaign—reaching tens of millions of elderly people and essential workers, along with the rest of the community—will be even harder…


Accessed 9 Jan 2021
Covid: India to begin vaccine rollout on 16 January
PM Narendra Modi hails a “landmark step” and says the aim is to vaccinate 300 million people by July.
Published 9 Jan 2021


The Economist
Accessed 9 Jan 2021
Vaccinating the world
The great task
The race to vaccinate the world against covid-19 has begun in earnest, posing problems for many and providing opportunities for some
Jan 9 Edition


Financial Times
Accessed 9 Jan 2021
Coronavirus treatment
Vaccine scepticism: needling doubts
Confidence in jabs will receive a boost if the Covid vaccine rollout goes well
January 9, 2021


Accessed 9 Jan 2021
9 Jan 2020
Russia’s Sputnik V COVID Vaccine: 1m Shots, Skepticism At Home, Politics Abroad
Russia’s campaign against COVID-19 is continuing, and has now passed the milestone of one million inoculations. As well as being an urgent matter of public health, this is also a matter of international prestige—and persuading a skeptical population.
By James Rodgers Senior Contributor


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 9 Jan 2021
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Foreign Policy
Accessed 9 Jan 2021
America’s Vaccine Diplomacy Is AWOL in the Middle East
China and Russia are spreading their vaccines—and forging new ties—to some of Washington’s closest allies.
Voice | Steven A. Cook January 8, 2021, 10:10 AM


The Guardian
Accessed 9 Jan 2021
[No new, unique, relevant content]


New Yorker
Accessed 9 Jan 2021
A Reporter at Large
January 4 & 11, 2021 Issue
The Plague Year
The mistakes and the struggles behind America’s coronavirus tragedy.
By Lawrence Wright
December 28, 2020


New York Times
Accessed 9 Jan 2021
Pope Calls Coronavirus Vaccinations an Ethical Obligation
Saying he will be vaccinated himself next week, Francis described the refusal to get the vaccine as suicidal.
By Jason Horowitz

Pressure Grows for States to Open Vaccines to More Groups of People
Some states are already expanding eligibility to people 65 and over, even though millions of people the C.D.C. recommends go first — health care workers and nursing home residents — have yet to get shots.
By Abby Goodnough

In Vaccine Geopolitics, a Great Game Played With Ukrainians’ Health
Blocked from obtaining vaccines from the United States, its putative ally, and taunted in Russian propaganda, Ukraine turned to China.
By Maria Varenikova

Biden Plans Coronavirus Vaccination Blitz After Inauguration
The incoming Biden administration plans to set up federally run mass vaccination sites and to release all government-held vials, rather than hold some back for second doses.
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Katherine J. Wu


Washington Post
Accessed 9 Jan 2021
Releasing more vaccines for first doses could create more problems than it solves
Leana S. Wen · Opinions · Jan 9, 2021

Tales from the jab: How people in 6 countries got their vaccines
Brian Murphy, Steve Hendrix, Emily Rauhala, Carrie Donovan, Robyn Dixon and Yvonne Gordon
Jan 9, 2021

French vaccine rollout slowed by red tape, focus on elderly
Jan 9, 2021

WHO: Rich nations, vaccine firms should stop bilateral deals
Jan 8, 2021

Iran’s top leader bans corona vaccines from US, Britain
Jan 8, 2021

Mexico to vaccinate rural elderly, but still awaits vaccine
Jan 5, 2021