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
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/
Accessed 1 May 2021
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Accessed 1 May 2021
Covid-19: India’s vaccine shortage
Newshour Sat 1 May 2021

 

The Economist
http://www.economist.com/
Accessed 1 May 2021
Daily chart
Vaccine diplomacy boosts Russia’s and China’s global standing
It is a way to reward old friends and win new ones
Apr 29th 2021

 

Financial Times
https://www.ft.com/
Accessed 1 May 2021
Covid-19 vaccines
Is there a ban on Covid vaccine exports in the US?
Very few jabs made in America have gone overseas even though there are no formal controls

Coronavirus pandemic
Patchwork of vaccine passports complicates return of global travel 
April 30, 2021

Coronavirus pandemic
Indians vent fury as world’s richest cricket tournament plays on
The Indian Premier League has provoked outrage for playing through the country’s brutal Covid-19 wave, drawing accusations of “crass” conduct and diverting vital resources from fighting the public health emergency. Several players including Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s premier off-spinner, and three Australians pulled out of the cricket tournament this week over concerns about India’s rising caseload.
April 30, 2021

 

Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/
Accessed 1 May 2021
Fake Covid-19 Vaccination Record Cards Are A Growing Problem, Says FBI
Templates and instructions to make such cards are appearing online. The FBI is warning that such activity could be breaking the law.
By Bruce Y. Lee Senior Contributor
May 1, 2021

 

Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/
Accessed 1 May 2021
Snapshot April 28, 2021
A Country Gasping for Air
Indians pay the price of government inaction as COVID-19 surges.
Mandakini Gahlot

 

Foreign Policy
http://foreignpolicy.com/
Accessed 1 May 2021
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/
Accessed 1 May 2021
[No new, unique, relevant content]

 

New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/
Accessed 1 May 2021
World
Adar Poonawalla, head of India’s vaccine giant, speaks from London of the enormous pressure he is under.
The executive told The Times of London that he had arrived in Britain for “an extended time” just before travel restrictions would have blocked him. But he then tweeted he would return to India in days after business meetings.
By Sameer Yasir 1 May 2021

World
India’s Covid crisis has tarnished Modi’s aura of political invulnerability.
By Jeffrey Gettleman, Hari Kumar, Karan Deep Singh and Sameer Yasir 1 May 2021

World
Nepal runs out of hospital beds as India’s outbreak spills across the border.
Health officials in the Himalayan nation warn of an “unmanageable” situation as infections reach levels not seen since last fall.
By Bhadra Sharma 1 May 2021

World
Turkey braces for its strictest lockdown yet, as the virus surges and vaccinations lag.
With an order about to take effect keeping people at home for three weeks except for essential errands and jobs, many Turks rushed to stock their pantries or flee crowded cities.
April 29

 

Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/
Accessed 1 May 2021
Asia
India’s coronavirus surge creates vaccine supply turmoil far beyond its borders
Adam Taylor · Apr 30, 2021
As coronavirus cases surged this month in India, the country that houses the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, the government began to pause vaccine exports.
Shipments ground to a halt by mid-April. Now, with domestic need for vaccine in India overwhelming capacity and program extending to adults over 18 this weekend, it is not clear when India will begin exporting doses again.
The suspension of exports in April has contributed to a 90 million-dose shortfall for Covax, an international vaccine distribution effort, one of the group’s key backers said Friday. That number will only grow in May if restrictions are not lifted.
The limited supply would be a particularly big blow for low-income nations, many of which not only sought India-produced AstraZeneca through Covax but also pursued bilateral deals with Serum Institute of India, the Pune-based vaccine giant.
Arindam Bagchi, a spokesman for India’s Foreign Ministry, said Friday there was “no update” on when vaccine exports would resume…