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COVID-19 media surveillance - 4 March 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.
Mar 04 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:

  • "CoronaVac has low neutralizing action against Brazilian variant of Covid, says study" (gazetabrasil)
  • "Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine may not work as well if you're fat, researchers say. Scientists in Italy claims their research shows that obese people - anyone with a BMI over 30 - may need bigger doses, or another top-up jab, to protect them against Covid-19" (mirror)
  • "Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate" (apnews)
  • "Republicans are least likely to want the coronavirus vaccine" (axios)

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

El Confidencial, El Diario and El Libre Mercado, and 20minutes and Ouest France were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.


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

©European Union, 2020, EMM/MEDISYS

Fact Check

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that reports to the UK’s Yellow Card scheme suggest that the AstraZeneca vaccine is not safe, reporting that while the scheme has collected reports of adverse health events following vaccination, none of the deaths or serious events so far appear to have been caused by it (fullfact).
  • Fact checkers address claims that US “health officials push pregnant women to get COVID shots, despite known risks”, reporting that pregnant women can choose whether or not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and that there is no support for the claim that COVID-19 vaccines pose a danger to pregnant women (healthfeedback).
  • Fact checkers address claims that COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility, reporting that loss of fertility has not been reported among thousands of trial participants nor confirmed as an adverse event among millions who have been vaccinated (

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