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 22 May 2021
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Accessed 22 May 2021
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The Economist
Accessed 22 May 2021
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Financial Times
Accessed 22 May 2021
Gordon Brown: G7 must bear the burden of vaccinating the world
May 21, 2021
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IMF says $50bn is needed to end Covid pandemic in 2022
May 21, 2021
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Covax scrambles to make up vaccine shortfall due to Indian export halt
Serum Institute of India was due to provide more than a third of the scheme’s forecast supply of doses for 2021
May 21, 2021


Accessed 22 May 2021
May 20, 2021
Over 75% Of Canadians May Need To Be Vaccinated Before Canada-U.S. Border Reopens
Over 75% of Canadians may need to be vaccinated before Canada-U.S. border can be opened.
By Sandra MacGregor Contributor


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 22 May 2021
Snapshot May 21, 2021
U.S. Global Health Leadership Must Go Beyond Command and Control
The United States neither can nor should abdicate a strong leadership role in global health. The question is how it leads.
Jonathan Cohen


Foreign Policy
Accessed 22 May 2021
Latin America’s Vaccine Stars and Struggles
Technology transfers to produce shots are slowly underway in the region.
By Catherine Osborn May 21, 2021


New Yorker
Accessed 22 May 2021
Medical Dispatch
The Struggle to Improve Vaccination Rates Among Latinos in New York
Vast disparities in immunization levels persist between the city’s communities.
By Stephania Taladrid 6:00 A.M.


New York Times
Accessed 22 May 2021
Vaccinations are lagging at many U.S. prisons, where major virus outbreaks have been common.
Only two in five federal inmates have gotten at least one shot so far, compared with three-fifths of adults nationwide. Despite the elevated risk behind bars, mistrust and refusal rates run high.
By Ann Hinga Klein and Maura Turcotte May 22, 2021

Asia Pacific
Pakistan’s Private Vaccine Sales Highlight Rich-Poor Divide
An inoculation push, plagued with limited supplies and red tape, makes doses available to those who can pay for them. In a country with a struggling economy, most can’t.
By Salman Masood May 22, 2021

100 Million Vaccine Doses Held Up Over Contamination Concerns, Firm Reveals
Executives from Emergent, which ruined millions of coronavirus vaccine doses, divulged to Congress the scope of the regulatory review of its troubled Baltimore plant.
By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Sharon LaFraniere May 22, 2021

A vaccine maker in India signals it won’t export doses before year’s end, slowing aid to the world’s poorest.
By Sameer Yasir May 19, 2021
The vaccination woes of some of the world’s poorest nations will continue as the Serum Institute of India, a crucial manufacturing pillar in the plan to supply two billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines to low-income countries, signaled that it would not be able to provide vaccines beyond India before the year’s end.
The revelation, tucked into a statement by the vaccine manufacturing giant that attempted to deflect mounting criticism, was another setback for Covax, the global vaccine partnership for the poor. It is already more than 140 million doses behind schedule, and the Serum Institute’s announcement suggested it was all but impossible to meet the goal of two billion doses by the end of the year.
The announcement once again underscored the glaring contrast of inequality: As some of the richer nations tout levels of vaccinations that allow them to reopen their society, most of the poorer nations have barely gotten a start.
“We continue to scale up manufacturing and prioritize India,” the Serum Institute of India said in the statement on Tuesday. “We also hope to start delivering to Covax and other countries by the end of this year.”…


Washington Post
Accessed 22 May 2021
Biden says U.S. will provide coronavirus vaccines for 550,000 South Korean troops
In a joint news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, President Biden pledged to provide vaccines for 550,000 South Korean soldiers who work with American forces. Biden and Moon also discussed a possible partnership on coronavirus vaccine manufacturing.
Politics · May 21, 2021