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COVID-19 media surveillance - 29 April 2021

Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news reports.
Geolocations mentioned in coronavirus media coverage showing large clusters of news reports.
Apr 29 2021

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.



The following news were found among the most mentioned/retweeted items:

  • "Yogi orders crack down on hospitals flagging oxygen shortage" (telegraphindia)
  • "85-year-old COVID-positive RSS Swayamsevak gave up his bed and life so another person can live" (opindia)
  • "The document confirming that Pfizer offered the government the vaccines against the coronavirus in advance" (tn)
  • "Greece and Italy lower taxes while Sánchez 'massacres' taxpayers, Spain's fiscal policy also collides with the tax cuts in Portugal or Germany" (libremercado)
  • "Biden's move to share vaccine doses could be a global game changer" (axios)

The hashtags #india and #oxygen were trending due to reports of oxygen shortages in Indian hospitals.

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

TN Argentina, Infobae, Eldiario and Eldestapeweb, and Francetvinfo and 20minutes were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.


396 articles from unverified sources were selected forming 8 supernarratives over the last week:

©European Union, 2021, EMM/MEDISYS

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.

©European Union, 2021, EMM/MEDISYS

Fact Check

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that according to the US Food and Drug Administration, the first vaccine dose correlates with increased COVID-19 infections, clarifying that the FDA document the claims seem to be based upon states that vaccine recipients might develop side effects that appear similar to COVID-19 symptoms, not COVID-19 infections (usatoday).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that you can get side effects of COVID-19 vaccines simply by being in close proximity to someone who has had the vaccine, reporting that there is nothing in COVID-19 vaccines that could cause vaccine shedding (fullfact).
  • Fact checkers address claims that COVID-19 vaccines cause herpes, reporting that the study the claims are based upon “raises awareness to a potential causal link” between COVID-19 vaccination and herpes, but does not prove causality (snopes).

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