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 27 Feb 2021
Overcaution Carries Its Own Danger to Children
Incessant pessimism about the coronavirus is hard to kick, but the vaccines are banishing any doubt about reopening schools.
27 Feb 2021
Monica Gandhi, Professor of medicine at UCSF


Accessed 27 Feb 2021
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The Economist
Accessed 27 Feb 2021
Feb 27th 2021
The Economist explains
Is SARS-CoV-2 evolving to become more lethal?
Most viruses become less deadly as they mutate. This one may be different


Financial Times
Accessed 27 Feb 2021
Ecuador’s health minister quits over handling of pandemic
February 26, 2021

Melinda Mills
Vaccine passports are a technical and ethical minefield
February 26, 2021

Chinese jabs arrive in Argentina as ‘vaccine diplomacy’ grows
February 26, 2021

Africa will pay more for Russian Covid vaccine than ‘western’ jabs
…The African Union will pay three times more for Russia’s Sputnik V jab than it is paying for the Oxford/AstraZeneca and Novavax vaccines, according to people familiar with the procurement process. The…
February 25, 2021
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Accessed 27 Feb 2021
Feb 27, 2021
There Are Libertarians In A Pandemic, And For Good Reason
Someday, when people compile the definitive documents about the Covid-19 pandemic, I hope his work gets a special place—particularly his post “Free Market Vaccines,” which was later revised and published by National Review (I have previously used Cochrane’s post here and here).
By Art Carden Contributor


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 27 Feb 2021
China Must Stop Hiding Its Vaccine Data
Beijing Is Undermining Confidence in a Vaccine the World Desperately Needs
By Eyck Freymann and Justin Stebbing
February 26, 2021


Foreign Policy
Accessed 27 Feb 2021
Doctors Struggle to Convince Pakistanis to Get Their Vaccine Shot
The country has too few shots, a stubborn public, and little experience—but the program may still work.
Argument | Jalal Baig


Don’t Let Drug Companies Create a System of Vaccine Apartheid
To avoid repeating the pitfalls of the HIV/AIDS crisis, governments and the WTO must make COVID-19 vaccination a public good by temporarily waiving intellectual property rights and compelling emergency production.
Argument | Fatima Hassan


The Guardian
Accessed 27 Feb 2021
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New Yorker
Accessed 27 Feb 2021
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New York Times
Accessed 27 Feb 2021
Middle East
Palestinians Go Into New Lockdown While Awaiting Vaccines
Covid cases are surging again in the West Bank amid a dispute over Israel’s obligations toward the Palestinians in the occupied territories.
By Isabel Kershner
PRINT EDITION February 28, 2021

Younger Military Personnel Reject Vaccine, in Warning for Commanders and the Nation
About one-third of the troops have declined to take the vaccine. Many say they worry the vaccines are unsafe or were developed too quickly. Others want a sense of independence, even in uniform.
By Jennifer Steinhauer
PRINT EDITION February 28, 2021

Amid Slow Vaccine Deliveries, Desperate E.U. Nations Hunt for More
Countries eager to augment the troubled E.U. buying program are eyeing offers from each other, from Russia and China, and from private brokers, some of whom are fraudsters.
By Matina Stevis-Gridneff
PRINT EDITION Desperate E.U. Nations Hunt for Vaccine Supply | February 27, 2021, Page A4

Magazine – Americas
‘V.I.P. Immunization’ for the Powerful and Their Cronies Rattles South America
A wave of corruption scandals is exposing how the powerful and well-connected in South America jumped the line to get vaccines early. Public dismay is turning into anger.
By Mitra Taj, Anatoly Kurmanaev, Manuela Andreoni and Daniel Politi
PRINT EDITION Fury as V.I.P.s Cut Line For Their Inoculations| February 26, 2021, Page A1


Washington Post
Accessed 27 Feb 2021
Texas vaccination site turned away undocumented immigrants over their status, against state policy
Andrea Salcedo · Morning Mix · Feb 26, 2021

Mexico is vaccinating its poorest citizens first — against the advice of health experts
Kevin Sieff and Paulina Villegas · Feb 26, 2021

Vaccination ‘passports’ may open society, but inequity looms
Feb 26, 2021