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COVID-19 media surveillance - 6 May 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.
May 06 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:

  • "Coronavirus has crushed India’s health system. Patients are on their own." (washingtonpost)
  • "Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is highly effective against variants, studies find. Two studies showed the vaccine to be more than 95 percent effective at protecting against severe disease or death from the variants first identified in South Africa and the U.K." (nytimes)
  • "Children now account for 22% of new U.S. COVID cases. Why is that?" (npr)
  • "The novel coronavirus’ spike protein plays additional key role in illness. Salk researchers and collaborators show how the protein damages cells, confirming COVID-19 as a primarily vascular disease" (salk)
  • "Limiting the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by air, a crucial issue of re-opening" (lemonde)
  • "Republicans promote pandemic relief they voted against" (apnews)

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

Eldestapeweb, La Nación, El País, and Clarin, and Francetvinfo, RTL and Le Soir were among the most mentioned Spanish and French sources, respectively.


373 articles from unverified sources were selected forming 7 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

  • French fact checkers address claims that 25 per cent of vaccine-related side effects are serious, clarifying that while the figure corresponds to the reports received by France's pharmacovigilance centres, these centers ask that only serious cases be notified to them (liberation).
  • Fact checkers address claims that the death rate among vaccinated people is significantly higher than in the unvaccinated population, claiming that any comparison between the vaccinated and unvaccinated is heavily skewed by the fact that the vaccinated group at present has a much higher proportion of older adults who are most at risk (usatoday).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that vaccinated people pose a health risk to those who have not been immunised by “shedding” spike proteins (afp).

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