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 sheer volume of vaccine and pandemic-related coverage is extraordinary. We will strive to present the most substantive analysis and commentary we encounter.


The Atlantic
Accessed 27 Mar 2021
Democracies Keep Vaccines for Themselves
President Biden’s pledge to Mexico is an exception from a stark pattern.
Thomas J. Bollyky
Director of the Global Health Program at the Council on Foreign Relations


Accessed 27 Mar 2021
Covid-19: Vaccines and vaccine passports being sold on darknet
By Joe Tidy
Cyber reporter
March 23, 2021
Covid-19 vaccines, vaccine passports and faked negative test papers are being sold on the darknet.
Prices range between $500 (£360) and $750 for doses of AstraZeneca, Sputnik, Sinopharm or Johnson & Johnson jabs.
Fake vaccination certificates are also being sold by anonymous traders for as little as $150.
Researchers say they have seen a “sharp increase” in vaccine-related darknet adverts, while the BBC has been unable to verify if the vaccines are real.
The darknet, also known as the dark web, is a portion of the internet that is only accessible through specific browser tools…


The Economist
Accessed 27 Mar 2021
Fighting the P.1 variant
Brazil’s mismanagement of covid-19 threatens the world
Jair Bolsonaro has a lot to answer for
Mar 27th 2021 edition

India and China are finding vaccine diplomacy tricky
Helping both their own citizens and foreigners is an immense task
Mar 27th 2021 edition


Financial Times
Accessed 27 Mar 2021
Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot: the pharma CEO navigating a vaccine storm
March 27, 2021

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Europe warns hospitals at ‘breaking point’ as third Covid wave hits
March 26, 2021
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India rethinks vaccine export plans as infections surge
Government says it is ‘calibrating’ supply schedules to suit domestic needs
March 26, 2021

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Accessed 27 Mar 2021
Mar 27, 2021
New York Just Launched A Digital Vaccine Pass To Restart Concerts, Sports Events And Other Activities
The Excelsior Pass aims to be a ticket back to a life that looks and feels a lot more normal.
By Suzanne Rowan Kelleher Forbes Staff
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the launch of the Excelsior Pass — a free, voluntary digital app developed in partnership with IBM that will verify if an individual user is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or has recently tested negative for the illness.
The platform is intended to fast-track the reopening of sports arenas, music venues, restaurants and other businesses with capacity limitations due to Covid-19 in accordance with New York State Department of Health guidelines.
New York is the first state in the U.S. to formally launch a digital passport for Covid-19. The launch follows two successful pilot demonstrations and a beta test that included thousands of New Yorkers in a limited rollout…

Mar 25, 2021
Rutgers Becomes First Major University To Require Covid-19 Vaccination
There will be medical and religious exemptions, and students attending school online will not be subject to the requirement.
By Alison Durkee Forbes Staff


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 27 Mar 2021
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Foreign Policy
Accessed 27 Mar 2021
At China’s Borders, “Vaccine Passports” Just Got Real
In announcing it would prioritize travelers who had received Chinese-made vaccines, Beijing sparked outrage in countries where those aren’t available.
By Rajni George
| March 25, 2021, 4:09 PM


New Yorker
Accessed 27 Mar 2021
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New York Times
Accessed 27 Mar 2021
Asia Pacific
India’s case surge hits highs not seen in months as festival season begins.
Infections are soaring in the country, which has severely curtailed exports of Covid-19 vaccines as it tries to prevent a second wave.
By Sameer Yasir Mar 27

Argentina delays second doses to focus on broader vaccinations with first dose, fearing a variant-fueled wave.
The country plans to defer second shots for three months to give more residents first doses as variants drive case surges in neighboring Brazil, Chile and Paraguay.
By Daniel Politi and Andrew E. Kramer Mar 27

Kenya imposes sharp restrictions on Nairobi and surrounding counties as a surge builds.
Several variants have been found in the country, but there is little data on whether they are playing a role in the rapid increase in infections and hospitalizations.
By Declan Walsh Mar 26


Washington Post
Accessed 27 Mar 2021
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