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COVID-19 media surveillance - 18 March 2021

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:

  • "Three Feet or Six? Distancing guideline for schools stirs debate. Some public health officials say it’s time for the C.D.C. to loosen its social distancing guidelines for classrooms, but the idea has detractors." (nytimes)
  • "Drosten: Third wave cannot be controlled without vaccination" (ndr)
  • "New French coronavirus variant appears to bypass standard tests" (politico)
  • "New Philippines-linked coronavirus variant investigated in England after two cases found. The P3 variant has come from the Philippines, which currently has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in South East Asia." (sky)

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

El Diario, RT (Spanish version), Latinus and El País, and Francetvinfo and 20minutes were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Misinformation

570 articles from unverified sources were selected forming 9 supernarratives over the last week:

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Fact Check

  • Fact checkers address claims that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine causes blood clots, reporting that while the matter is still under review, as of now there is no evidence in support of such claims (snopes).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that Marvin Hagler's death was caused by COVID-19 vaccination, reporting that the boxing champion’s death occurred nearly three weeks after he received his vaccination and has not been ruled vaccine-related (usatoday).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that there is a tracking chip inside the COVID-19 vaccine, reporting that while there is a radio-frequency identification chip on the outside of some syringes, it is there to track vaccine doses, not people (poynter).

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Publication date
18 March 2021