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COVID-19 media surveillance - 7 January 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.
Jan 07 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.

Headlines

Twitter

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

  • "China blocks WHO team from entering country to study coronavirus origin" (sky)
  • "The Lab-Leak Hypothesis. For decades, scientists have been hot-wiring viruses in hopes of preventing a pandemic, not causing one. But what if…?" (nymag)
  • "Single vaccine dose leads to 'greater risk' from new coronavirus variants, South African experts warn. The variant is thought to be responsible for 90% of infections in South Africa, and has already been found in the UK." (sky)
  • "'I've seen five people die in 90 minutes - coronavirus isn't being exaggerated'" (mirror)
  • "New year brought achievement with made-in-India vaccines: PM Modi" (indianexpress)

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

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

Fact Check

  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the CEO of Pfizer refused to be vaccinated, reporting that he stated that he is not getting vaccinated yet because he is not part of any priority groups (20minutes).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the US nurse who was filmed fainting after getting the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine died, reporting that she has been filmed alive and well since the incident (aap). They also debunk claims that another US nurse developed Bell’s Palsy after receiving the vaccine (politifact).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that US Vice President Mike Pence faked receiving a COVID-19 vaccine using a syringe that had the needle covered by a cap, reporting that an image of Pence being vaccinated shows that the needle was exposed (afp).
  • Fact checkers debunk claims that the COVID-19 vaccine will cause fertility problems (fullfact).

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