Weekly updates on #Covid19 vaccines & misinformation- Issue #4

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Dear friends, Misinformation contributes to vaccine hesitancy. Some prefer a certain vaccine brand because of the news article that touts its high efficacy rate. Real-world data has its own statistics. This newsletter will show some of the news articles that talk about real-world data efficiency rate. I would also want to add the updates on Covid-19 misinformation lurking around social media networks. You can read other updates from Issue 1-3.

Sinovac, AstraZeneca over 97% effective in immune system boost
Vaccine study finds jabs effective
This was the outcome of a study into a vaccination programme run by the Center of Excellence in Clinical Virology of the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University.
This was the outcome of a study into a vaccination programme run by the Center of Excellence in Clinical Virology of the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University.
China Sinovac Shot Seen Highly Effective in Real World Study
South Korean Study: AstraZeneca And Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccines More Than 86% Effective After First Dose
AstraZeneca And Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccines More Than 86% Effective After First Dose, South Korean Authorities Say
Following @vaccinologist on Twitter
Dr. Melvin Sanicas 🩺🔬
Too many people confuse internet popularity with accuracy or real-life significance. Just because a blog / YouTube video / post / meme is "viral" - it DOES not mean it's factual. FYI, fake news spreads more quickly than genuine news.
Misinformation being propagated by twitter bots
Laurie Garrett
I'm not a cyber-expert, but this paper blew me away: Detailed analysis of who is behind #COVID19 #vaccine disinformation executed by tracing all postings of #AstraZeneca over "blood clot" time frame. The brown below are bots, not humans.
https://t.co/UY6fzugWrZ https://t.co/L6jw3X4wY2
COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy on Social Media: Building a Public Twitter Dataset of Anti-vaccine Content, Vaccine Misinformation and Conspiracies
Emilio Ferrara
🔥 Dataset Release🔥 w/ @goranmuric
135M tweets on #vaccine #misinformation

COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy on Social Media: Building a Public Twitter Dataset of Anti-vaccine Content, Vaccine Misinformation and Conspiracies

Paper https://t.co/kG06d7cE1Y
Data https://t.co/8DlIWCLqVo
GitHub - gmuric/avax-tweets-dataset
These are the tracked keywords. We started from a small set of manually curated keywords that are used exclusively in the context of strong vaccine hesitancy that appear on Twitter, such as #vaccineskill or #vaccinedamage. Then we employed a snowballing sampling.
Emilio Ferrara
In the paper, we illustrate how clusters of #vaccine #disinformation and #misinformation emerge: We identify three distinct communities, and all of them contain anti-vaccine keywords, but with different focus on topics. https://t.co/DtyVSdfW5N
The largest topic community (in purple) is focused on debunked claims around the conspiracy narratives that the vaccine is a plot of rich people to reduce world population.
The second topic community (orange) mostly focuses on vaccine safety as the hashtags such as #doctorsspeakup, #vaccinesafety and #vaccineinjury appear very often.
The smallest topic community (green) contains the mixture of various hashtags that range from strongly anti-vaccine such as #informedconsent, #learntherisk, #vaxxed, some neutral hashtags such as #vaccine, to some pro-vaccine hashtags such as #VaccinesWork
Emilio Ferrara
Vaccine hesitancy is usually fueled by misinformation originating in some of the websites with questionable credibility. We illustrate the top 10 URLs of websites that can be found in the dataset. Most of those websites can be found in the Iffy+ database of low credibility sites https://t.co/9VIAxIWUXw
Emilio Ferrara
Many far-right news media sites appear frequently in the dataset. The Gateway Pundit, known for publishing falsehoods, hoaxes, and conspiracy theories, occurs more than 180,000 times. Others (Breitbart, Epoch Times, Zero Hedge) also appear very often. https://t.co/G8Y30YOuu3
Keep your guard up against vaccine pseudoscience
Vaccine myths debunked by Dr. Edsel Salvana
Vaccine myths debunked by Dr. Edsel Salvana
COVID-19 vaccine myths and facts – Manila Bulletin
Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows
Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows : NPR
The COVID-19 Infodemic: Twitter versus Facebook
The COVID-19 Infodemic: Twitter versus Facebook - Kai-Cheng Yang, Francesco Pierri, Pik-Mai Hui, David Axelrod, Christopher Torres-Lugo, John Bryden, Filippo Menczer, 2021
Covid-19 Disinformation & Social Media Manipulation
A range of actors are manipulating the information environment to exploit the COVID-19 crisis for strategic gain. ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre is tracking many of these state and non-state actors online, and will occasionally publish investigative, data-driven reporting that will focus on the use of disinformation, propaganda, extremist narratives and conspiracy theories by these actors.
Russia, China sow disinformation to undermine trust in Western vaccines: EU | Reuters
Podcast: Sputnik vs. the West: How the Russian government is discrediting Western vaccines
Sputnik vs. the West: How the Russian government is discrediting Western vaccines
Chinese-made vaccines are being subject to misleading narratives
Chinese-made vaccines are being subject to misleading narratives
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