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COVID-19 media surveillance - 11 February 2021

This media surveillance collects articles reported through publicly available web sites.

This media surveillance collects articles reported through publicly available web sites.

It is created with the Europe Media Monitor (EMM).

The selection and placement of stories are determined automatically by a computer program.



The following news were found among the most mentioned/retweeted items:

  • "Biden admin on track to meet goal of 100M coronavirus shots in first 100 days. The administration is averaging 1.5 million shots a day, according to coronavirus coordinator Jeffrey Zients" (nbcnews)
  • "White House looks at domestic travel restrictions as COVID mutation surges in Florida" (charlotteobserver)
  • "A lone infection may have changed the course of the pandemic. The number of mutations in the UK variant took scientists by surprise. Now they think its origins may lie in one person, chronically infected with the virus" (wired)
  • "The CDC says tight-fit masks or double masking increases protection" (nytimes)
  • "The price of the Tories' outsourcing obsession? Cronyism and waste" (theguardian)

#lockdownverlaengerung trended in Germany following an announcement by Angela Merkel to extend Germany’s lockdown (dw)

The most mentioned English sources were the New York Times, the Washington Post, AP, the Guardian and Reuters.

Latinus, El Diario, RT (Spanish version) and El País, and Ouest France and Le Monde were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.


277 articles from unverified sources were selected forming 11 supernarratives over the last week:

© European Union, 2020, EMM/MEDISYS

The treemap shows the narratives and subnarratives associated with anti-vax articles. The colours represent the narratives, while the text indicates each subnarrative. The bigger the size of the box, the higher the number of articles tagged as that narrative and subnarrative.

© European Union, 2020, EMM/MEDISYS

Fact Check

  • Fact checkers address misleading claims that US pharmaceutical company Merck discontinued COVID-19 vaccine research because recovering from the virus would be more effective. Fact checkers clarify that the company scrapped its vaccine candidates because they did not offer the same level of protection as other shots and produced an immune response “inferior” to that of natural infection (afp).
  • Fact checkers address claims that “seniors around the world who died from COVID vaccine are being improperly listed as natural causes”, reporting that these claims suggest that elderly people in Gibraltar and Norway who died about two weeks after being vaccinated were killed by the vaccines, but there is no evidence the vaccines caused their deaths (fullfact).
  • Fact checkers debunk an Iranian religious leader’s claim that COVID-19 vaccines turn people into homosexuals (polygraph).

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Publication date
11 February 2021