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COVID-19 media surveillance - 17 December 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.
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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:

  • "Waste, Negligence and Cronyism: Inside Britain’s Pandemic Spending. In the desperate scramble for protective gear and other equipment, politically connected companies reaped billions." (nytimes)
  • "Boris Johnson’s father caught getting on tube without mask in fourth breach of Covid rules. Stanley Johnson was said to have walked through corridor at Victoria station without mask" (independent)
  • "'New variant' of coronavirus identified in England" (bbc, newsweekjapan)

#EuNaoVouTomarVacina (I won’t take the vaccine) trended worldwide and in Brazil after an announcement by President Bolsonaro that he wouldn’t take the Coronavirus vaccine.

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

El Diario, El Pais, Infobae and RT (Spanish Version), and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Fact Check

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the COVID-19 vaccine has a microchip that “tracks the location of the patient” (factcheck.org).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the presence of SARS-CoV-2 proteins in the COVID-19 vaccine makes females infertile, arguing that these claims are illogical as we would then see a peak of infertility among COVID-19 patients (healthfeedback).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Bill Gates was caught on video saying that the COVID-19 vaccine “will change our DNA forever” (reuters).
  • Fact checkers debunk a series of social media posts claiming that there is a connection between the Wuhan Institute of Virology, pharmaceutical companies and Bill Gates and George Soros, reporting that many of the connections alleged in the post are simply not true (aap).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that a video featuring the first UK patient to get a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is “a lie” as it was allegedly featured in a news report two months earlier. Fact checkers report that the misunderstanding or disinformation attempt stems from the new video being played on an old CNN webpage (snopes).
  • Fact checkers address claims that after decades of research there are no vaccines against HIV, cancer and the common cold, but in less than a year several COVID-19 vaccines were developed, implying some sort of conspiracy theory. Fact checkers highlight the complications behind developing vaccines for the aforementioned illnesses (politifact).

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Publication date
17 December 2020