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Fake News Against Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Becomes a Most Searched Trend on China’s Social Media

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Fake News Against Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Becomes a Most Searched Trend on China’s Social Media

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A negative news report on Moderna vaccines recently set off a debate on China’s social media. Moderna is an American COVID-19 vaccine maker based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On Jan. 27, an article titled “WHO Does Not Recommend MODERNA COVID-19 Vaccines” appeared on a host of Chinese state media outlets, including the Global Times, Guancha, iFeng Tech, and official accounts of local governments. This topic became so heated that it once rocketed to the fourth place in the list of the most searched hashtags on China’s social media Weibo. However, the coverage was found to be fundamentally wrong and interpreted out of context after the original title was identified on the WHO site. The story was even deemed to be an attempt to cater to the popular Chinese mentality for xenophobia. The original title on the site of the Chinese-language WHO read on Jan. 26: “WHO: at least 15-Minute Observation Follows a …

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