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 30 Jan 2021
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The Economist
Accessed 30 Jan 2021
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Financial Times
Accessed 30 Jan 2021
Coronavirus treatment
EU pledges vaccine controls will not hit UK supplies
Von der Leyen vows BioNTech/Pfizer orders from Belgium will not be disrupted during tense call with Johnson
30 Jan 2021
Ursula von der Leyen has promised Boris Johnson that future EU controls on vaccines will not disrupt contracted supplies of the Belgian-made BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine to Britain.
The European Commission president made the commitment to the prime minister in a tense Friday night call, which followed the Commission’s controversial plan — hastily abandoned — to impose emergency border controls on vaccines entering Northern Ireland from the EU.
Ms von der Leyen tweeted that the talks with Mr Johnson had been “constructive”, adding: “We agreed on the principle that there should not be restrictions on the export of vaccines by companies where they are fulfilling contractual responsibilities.”…

Covid-19 vaccines
Moderna cuts deliveries to Italy and France in new blow to EU vaccination plans
…Vaccine manufacturer Moderna has told Italy and France it will deliver fewer doses than expected in February, in another blow to struggling coronavirus vaccination plans in the EU…
January 29, 2021

Explainer Coronavirus treatment
Brussels publishes EU-AstraZeneca vaccine contract
…Brussels has published its coronavirus vaccine contract with AstraZeneca in the latest gambit in the escalating row between the two over a delivery shortfall. The company agreed to disclose a redacted…
January 29, 2021

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Accessed 30 Jan 2021
Breaking  |
6 hours ago
Vaccine Plan For Gitmo Paused After Outrage From Republicans
Vaccinations could have started next week, according to reports.
By Nicholas Reimann Forbes Staff

7 hours ago
Vaccination Passports Set To Happen–But Are They Fair?
Vaccination or Immunity passports seem like the logical next step after negative Covid-19 tests to get the travel sector up and running, and they look set to happen–but are they ethical?
By Alex Ledsom Senior Contributor

Breaking  |
Jan 29, 2021
WHO: Vaccine Hoarding Would Be A “Catastrophic Moral Failure” That Keeps “Pandemic Burning”
The WHO said that affluent countries “fighting over the cake” are in danger of neglecting frontline health workers in developing countries that “don’t even have access to the crumbs.”
By Tommy Beer Forbes Staff


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 30 Jan 2021
Snapshot January 28, 2021
Why the World Lost to the Pandemic
Two new developments have exacerbated the impact of and response to the pandemic: politicization and securitization.
Yanzhong Huang


Foreign Policy
Accessed 30 Jan 2021
Europe’s Vaccine Disaster Isn’t Lack of Supply
As the EU tries to acquire more vaccines, it’s failing to effectively use the ones it already has.
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard

The Global Vaccine Rollout Is Failing—and That Puts Everyone, Everywhere, In Danger
The selfish reasons the United States and Europe must help poor countries deal with COVID-19.
By Jonathan Tepperman
| January 28, 2021

Blocking Undocumented Immigrants From Vaccination Is Self-Sabotage
A crucial and vulnerable population needs rapid access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
By Eillen Martinez, Zackary Berger
| January 28, 2021


The Guardian
Accessed 30 Jan 2021
WHO urges Britain to pause Covid jabs after treating vulnerable
The World Health Organization has urged the UK to pause its vaccination programme after vulnerable groups have received their jabs to help ensure the global rollout of doses is fair.
Boris Johnson has said he aims to offer all adults in the UK a first dose by autumn. However, the WHO said countries should be aiming for 2bn doses to be “fairly distributed” around the world by the end of 2021.
A WHO spokeswoman, Margaret Harris, said she wanted to appeal to people in the UK, telling them: “You can wait” because ensuring equitable global distribution is “clearly morally the right thing to do”…


New Yorker
Accessed 30 Jan 2021
Q. & A.
Why Rich Countries Should Subsidize Vaccination Around the World
The economists Selva Demiralp and Muhammed A. Yildirim say there is an economic as well as a moral case for getting COVID-19 vaccines into the arms of the world’s people.
By Isaac Chotiner 6:00 A.M.


New York Times
Accessed 30 Jan 2021
Tanzania’s president says ‘vaccines don’t work,’ earning a rebuff from the W.H.O.
By Abdi Latif Dahir Jan. 28

Germany says vaccine shortages are likely to last another 10 weeks, and other news from around the world.
By Melissa Eddy, Richard C. Paddock, Javier C. Hernández, Mike Ives and Amy Chang Chien Jan. 28

Asia Pacific
To Avoid an Outbreak, China Cancels Lunar New Year for Millions of Migrants
China has added restrictions, offered incentives and appealed to a sense of filial and national responsibility, in an effort to prevent about 300 million migrant workers from going home for the holiday.
By Javier C. Hernández and Alexandra Stevenson Jan. 28


Washington Post
Accessed 30 Jan 2021
Algeria starts COVID-19 vaccination drive with Russian shots
Associated Press · Jan 30, 2021