First Draft has published the third installment of its series on media coverage and misinformation related to Covid-19 vaccination. The report provides an account of the media and misinformation issues related to Covid-19 that have generated the most online reactions in the English-speaking world.
The report argues that public health institutions should better anticipate potentially controversial topics and respond to these risks with preventive communication campaigns. The controversy surrounding the efficacy of vaccination against the Delta variant of Covid-19 is, according to First Draft, emblematic of this communication gap on the part of public health authorities. The void left by these authorities was quickly filled by rumors and misleading information.