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News article22 April 2021

COVID-19 media surveillance - 22 April 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:

  • "India posts world record COVID cases with oxygen running out" (reuters)
  • "Argentina is experiencing the worst moment since the pandemic began," said Minister of Health Carla Vizzotti" (lanacion)
  • "Ted Nugent tests positive for coronavirus after calling pandemic a ‘scam’. ‘I thought I was dying,’ musician said" (independent)
  • "Ten scientific reasons in support of airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2" (thelancet)

The most mentioned English sources were OP India, the New York Times, India Today and the Washington Post.

El Destape, El Diario, Clarin and El País, and Francetvinfo and Midi Libre were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Misinformation

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

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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.

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Fact Check

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that COVID-19 vaccine trials have not yet been completed and therefore the results cannot be peer-reviewed, reporting that while the data collection and analysis are ongoing in order to allow up to two years of follow-up on participants, the COVID-19 vaccine trials have been published in peer-reviewed journals (fullfact).
  • Fact checkers debunk a video featuring an American doctor making dubious claims about COVID-19 vaccines and treatments at a forum hosted by Idaho’s lieutenant governor. The doctor claims mRNA vaccines cause cancer and autoimmune diseases, but the lead author of the paper on which he bases that claim says there is no evidence mRNA vaccines cause those ailments (factcheck.org).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that medical authorities are going door-to-door to force people to get COVID-19 vaccines in Ontario, Canada (afpfactcheck).

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Publication date
22 April 2021