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COVID-19 media surveillance - 4 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.
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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:

  • "AstraZeneca vaccine shows 76% sustained protection during 3-month interval until dose 2." (oxford)
  • "U.S. pharmacies will start to get a big infusion of vaccines" (nytimes)
  • "Coronavirus is in the air — there’s too much focus on surfaces" (nature, see also from JRC: tandfonline)
  • "Biden coronavirus relief proposal would restore economy by summer" (thehill)
  • "'National inspiration' Captain Sir Tom Moore dies with Covid-19" (bbc)

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

El País, El Diario, and Infobae, and Le Monde and Le Parisien were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Misinformation

351 articles from unverified sources were selected forming 10 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 are debunking several COVID-19 vaccine misinformation narratives including:

  • Fact checkers address a viral video claiming that COVID-19 vaccines are "experimental biological agents" that the US government is pushing "heavily on blacks and browns". They debunk the false claims and note that public health experts have recommended prioritising those communities because they have suffered higher rates of infection and death during the pandemic (factcheck).
  • Fact checkers address claims that “53 people have died in Gibraltar in 10 days after vaccinations with the Pfizer vaccine started”, reporting that out of more than 11,000 vaccinated, six have died after receiving the vaccine, but there is no evidence these deaths were related to the vaccine (fullfact).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that COVID-19 vaccines have a 10 to 15 per cent reaction rate, give you an increased HIV risk and cause Bell’s Palsy (theferret).

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Publication date
5 February 2021