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COVID-19 media surveillance - 25 February 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.
© 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:

  • "California’s coronavirus strain looks increasingly dangerous: ‘The devil is already here’" (latimes)
  • "A new coronavirus variant is spreading in New York, researchers report. The variant contains a mutation thought to help the virus dodge the immune system, scientists said. " (nytimes)
  • "First person vaccinated with CoronaVac in Bahia is hospitalized with Covid before taking the second dose" (gazetabrasil)
  • "Vip vaccination: [President of the Argentinian Chamber of Deputies] Sergio Massa's father and in-laws were vaccinated against the coronavirus in January" (lanacion)
  • "U.S. reaches 500,000 deaths from the coronavirus. The number of dead rivals the populations of Atlanta or Sacramento, California." (nbcnews)

The most mentioned English sources were the New York Times, the LA Times, Forbes, Reuters, and CNN.

La Nación, El Diario and El País, and 20minutes and Ouest France were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Misinformation

Over the past week, 339 articles were selected as relevant following the manual annotation of a larger set of COVID-related articles from unverified sources. In total, 10 supernarratives were identified, distributed as presented in the figure below:

misinformation_nbr_articles20210225hub.png
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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.

covid-narratives202100225hub.png
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Fact Check

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa only pretended to receive a COVID-19 shot as the syringe used on him had a capped needle (afp).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that COVID-19 vaccines contain “toxic” ingredients, reporting that these give inaccurate information about what is included in the vaccines and the dangers of substances found in some vaccines in small quantities (theferret).
  • UK fact checkers debunk claims that COVID-19 vaccines are experimental and the manufacturers do not have liability, reporting that all the COVID-19 vaccines being used in the UK have been tested and approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and that manufacturers are immune to some - but not all - civil liability (fullfact).

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Publication date
25 February 2021