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 6 Mar 2021
America’s Legalistic Culture Is About to Become a Problem
The vaccine rollout will create new clashes between conflicting rights.
March 4, 2021
Jamal Greene, Professor at Columbia Law School
As vaccine production and distribution accelerate, a new set of challenges around what Americans can and should demand of one another is emerging. And we’re not ready for them. The public has been told for the past year that we need to mask up, physically distance, and lock down for the greater good. Now that vaccines are here, does that same greater good mean that society can discriminate against the unvaccinated? Do Americans have a right not to get vaccinated? If so, how far does that right go?


Accessed 6 Mar 2021
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The Economist
Accessed 6 Mar 2021
How companies should handle vaccines
Balancing the rights of stakeholders
THE PANDEMIC is throwing up a new set of ethical issues for businesses. The premise of “stakeholder capitalism” is not just that firms should consider the interests of employees and customers, as well as shareholders. It is that, by doing so, everyone gains; shareholders will prosper if workers and customers are treated decently. But the pandemic may put different groups at odds. For example, customers may want companies to insist that all employees are vaccinated, while not wanting the same rule to apply to themselves.
Mar 6th 2021


Financial Times
Accessed 6 Mar 2021
Covid-19 vaccines
EU turns to US in scramble for Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine
Move is part of bloc’s effort to boost faltering immunisation programme
Sam Fleming and Michael Peel in Brussels, and Kiran Stacey in Washington
March 6
The EU will urge the US to permit the export of millions of doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine to Europe as Brussels scrambles to bridge supply shortfalls that have hobbled its inoculation drive.
The European Commission plans to raise the matter in forthcoming transatlantic discussions aimed at boosting collaboration on the fight against Covid-19, EU officials said.
The EU also wants Washington to ensure the free flow of shipments of crucial vaccine ingredients needed in European production, including for groundbreaking mRNA technology vaccines…

Germany urges EU coordination after Italy blocks vaccine shipment
Germany has urged caution on vaccines, after France backed Italy’s decision to block a shipment of jabs to Australia.
The German health minister on Friday said that such unilateral steps were unhelpful and could disrupt supply chains, adding that Europe should act in a more coordinated way when it comes to such export restrictions.
March 5, 2021

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Accessed 6 Mar 2021
Mar 6, 2021
Europe’s Vaccine Struggle Will Change Its Politics
France and much of Europe has fallen behind with vaccinating its citizens, this may lead to political stress down the line and raises questions as to what countries are ready for the post COVID world.
By Mike O’Sullivan Senior Contributor

Mar 5, 2021
How Pfizer’s Head Of Vaccine Development Made Covid-19 Vaccine In Record Time And Led A Large Team
Kathrin Jansen has made waves in healthcare having led the development of Gardasil, now the Covid-19 vaccine and others. She leads with strength, organization and often, creativity and gut instincts. During the pandemic she led hundreds of people on this mission to develop an effective vaccine.
By Monica Haider Contributor

Mar 5, 2021
Fauci Says Military Who Refuse Covid-19 Vaccine Are ‘Part Of The Problem’ After High Rate Of Service Members Refuse Jab
Pentagon officials have said one in three military troops are refusing to take the optional Covid-19 shot.
By Robert Hart Forbes Staff


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 6 Mar 2021
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Foreign Policy
Accessed 6 Mar 2021
To Democratize Vaccine Access, Democratize Production
U.S. and European COVID-19 shots aren’t enough. It is time to tap into Africa, Asia, and Latin America’s enormous production capacity.
By Matthew M. Kavanagh, Mara Pillinger, Renu Singh, Katherine Ginsbach


The Guardian
Accessed 6 Mar 2021
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New Yorker
Accessed 6 Mar 2021
Annals of Populism
The Vaccine Resisters
Why do so many people say that they won’t be immunized against COVID-19?
By Benjamin Wallace-Wells
March 5, 2021


New York Times
Accessed 6 Mar 2021
The Interpreter
Vaccine Passports, Covid’s Next Political Flash Point
A world divided between the vaccinated and unvaccinated promises relief for economies and families, but the ethical and practical risks are high.
March 2, 2021


Washington Post
Accessed 6 Mar 2021
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama gets vaccine shot
Associated Press · Mar 6, 2021

After days of halting statements about vaccine morality, multiple Catholic leaders call the shots urgent, important
Michelle Boorstein · Religion · Mar 5, 2021

WHO head pushes for waiver of some intellectual property rights for coronavirus vaccines, in bid to broaden access
Miriam Berger · World · Mar 5, 2021

France backs Italy in vaccine ban as EU defends mechanism
BRUSSELS — Europe’s vaccine solidarity got a boost on Friday after France said it could emulate Italy’s move to block coronavirus vaccine exports outside the European Union if that’s what is needed to enforce the bloc’s own contracts with drugs manufacturers.·
Mar 5, 2021