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COVID-19 media surveillance - 12 November 2020

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

Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news reports.
Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news reports.
© European Union, 2020, EMM/MEDISYS

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.

Headlines

Twitter

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

  • "Pfizer and BioNTECH announce an agreement with US government for up to 600 million doses of mRNA-based vaccine candidate against SARS-COV-2" (pfizer)
  • "One in five COVID-19 patients develop mental illness within 90 days – study" (reuters)
  • "FDA Authorizes Eli Lilly Antibody Drug. The treatment yields positive results for those infected at an early stage, but cannot be administered in already hospitalized patients" (elpais)
  • "President-elect Biden announces coronavirus task force made up of physicians and health experts" (washingtonpost)
  • "Sen. Kelly Loeffler sold at least $18 million more in stocks before the coronavirus crash than previously reported" (vox)

The hashtags #pfizer and #biontech trended after promising results from clinical trials were announced.

The most mentioned English sources were the New York Times, CNN, Reuters, the Washington Post and Fox News.

Libertad Digital, El Diario, RT (Spanish Version), El País, and Libre Mercado, and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Fact Check

  • Fact checkers debunk a Polish-language video claiming to prove the ineffectiveness of rapid coronavirus antibody tests. In the video, a man sprinkles a test with juice and then shows the test to be positive. Fact checkers, however, report that such tests take about 15 minutes to provide results, and argue that the test must have been positive before being sprinkled with juice (faktograf).
  • Fact checkers address articles with headlines such as “CDC study: 71% of those who contracted COVID-19 wore a mask all day”, noting that while the CDC study is real, the data is misrepresented, leading to misinformation about the use of masks (poligrafo).
  • French fact checkers address claims that the ICU occupancy rate reported by Macron is false as it is much higher than it is in reality, reporting that the figure includes all serious cases, both in ICU and in monitoring units. Fact checkers, however, clarify that the hospital overload is undeniable (lemondelesdecodeurs).
  • Fact checkers report that a World Doctor Alliance video claiming that there is no pandemic and COVID-19 is as dangerous as the flu is being shared on social media as a video featuring WHO experts (factly).

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Publication date
12 November 2020