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COVID-19 media surveillance - 8 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.
© 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:

  • "Brazil has become South America’s superspreader event" (washingtonpost)
  • "Science Brief: SARS-CoV-2 and Surface (Fomite) Transmission for Indoor Community Environments" (cdc, elpais)
  • "Coronavirus vaccine - weekly summary of Yellow Card reporting, Updated 8 April 2021" (gov-uk)

The most mentioned English sources were Reuters, the New York Times, AP news and CNN.

El Diario, Infobae, Latinus and El Pais, and Francetvinfo and 20minutes were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.

Misinformation

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

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The following 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

  • US fact checkers address claims that according to CDC data, there have been nearly twice as many vaccine-related deaths in 2021 (1,755) than in the past decade (994), reporting that while the CDC maintains a Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), anyone can report possible side effects to a vaccine to VAERS - these reports are not verified (politifact).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that COVID-19 vaccines caused a 366-per-cent increase in miscarriages, reporting that while the claims are based on UK data, UK officials say the figures have been taken out of context (politifact).
  • Fact checkers debunk a video shared over 5,000 times on social media in which an Austrian journalist claims that vaccines are more dangerous than COVID-19 itself (afp).

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Publication date
8 April 2021