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 19 Jun 2021
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Accessed 19 Jun 2021
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The Economist
Accessed 19 Jun 2021
Week in charts
Vaccines as the new oil

Just as, in the 1970s, economic fortunes turned on a single product, oil, so today they depend on a single all-important input, vaccines. America, despite its poor initial response to the pandemic, is poised for a boom. Elsewhere, delays in buying, making and deploying shots have left much of the world vulnerable to economic setbacks. Even in Britain, despite rapid vaccination, rising case numbers have forced a delay in reopening the economy. Around the world, it is the urban poor who have been worst-affected by the virus. In well-off Singapore, migrant workers living in dormitories have endured lengthy lockdowns. Latin America has been especially hard hit by covid-19 in terms of deaths, economic contraction and the closure of schools. In India, perhaps 2m people have died…


Financial Times
June 18, 2021
Palestinians call off vaccine swap deal with Israel
Heba Saleh in Cairo
The Palestinian Authority has cancelled a vaccine swap deal with Israel hours after the arrangement was announced by both the Israeli government and the Palestinian Health ministry.
Mai Alkaila, Palestinian health minister said at a press conference on Friday that health officials who inspected the vaccines found they “did not meet standards and so we decided to return them.”
The decision followed criticism on social media and by rights groups, who said the soon-to-expire vaccines would be unusable before the PA was able to fully utilise them.
Israel and the Palestinian Authority had announced earlier the Jewish state would transfer up to 1.4m soon-to-expire BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine doses in exchange for a similar number of Pfizer doses that Palestinians are expected to receive later this year
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Accessed 19 Jun 2021
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Brazil Is Now The 2nd Country With 500,000 Covid Deaths — And Infections Aren’t Slowing Down
Just 29% of Brazil’s population is partially vaccinated against the coronavirus.
By Joe Walsh Forbes Staff

Jun 17, 2021
China’s Sinovac Vaccine Under Scrutiny As Covid Soars In Highly Vaccinated Countries
The vaccine, which already had a low efficacy rate of 51%, may be of limited use against newer variants of the coronavirus.
By Robert Hart Forbes Staff

Jun 17, 2021
Why Parents At Indiana University Staged A Protest Against The School’s Vaccine Mandate
The protest was organized by a newly-formed group called IU Family for Choice, Not Mandates, which has some 1,300 members. The group’s president, Ann Dorris, says members’ chief concern is the potential adverse health effects of the vaccine.
By Madison Fernandez Contributor


Foreign Affairs
Accessed 19 Jun 2021
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Foreign Policy
Accessed 19 Jun 2021
The First Draft Account of the U.K.’s COVID-19 Catastrophe Is Damning
A new book gives the backstory of a dysfunctional early response.
By Jamie Maxwell, a political journalist in Glasgow, Scotland.

Demands for a Lab Leak Investigation Are a Dangerous Distraction
U.S.-China cooperation is vital for global health efforts.
By Deborah Seligsohn, an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University.
June 18, 2021


New Yorker
Accessed 19 Jun 2021
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New York Times
Accessed 19 Jun 2021
Singapore allows Sinovac shots, but casts doubt on their effectiveness.
Singapore is allowing 24 private health clinics to administer the vaccine. But it has not added it to the national vaccination program.
By Mike Ives 19 June 2021

The United States sends 2.5 million doses of Moderna’s vaccine to help Taiwan battle its first major outbreak.
The shipment, to arrive on Sunday, is triple what the U.S. had pledged. It may irk China.
By Jesus Jiménez and Annie Karni 19 June 2021

Middle East
Israeli-Palestinian Vaccine Deal Collapses Amid Expiry Date Dispute
After months of resisting sending vaccine doses to the Palestinian Authority, Israel on Friday morning said it would deliver a million or more. Hours later, the authority rejected the first shipment.
By Patrick Kingsley 18 June 2021

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul locks down, hit by a coronavirus outbreak surging across Afghanistan.
An official notice said that more than 115 people associated with the embassy had been infected, and that despite access to vaccines, most of those stricken were un- or only partially vaccinated.
By Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Fatima Faizi and Lara Jakes 17 June 2021


Washington Post
Accessed 19 Jun 2021
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