How are vaccine passports being covered on television news? The timeline below shows total daily mentions of them across CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and BBC News London since the start of last year. Other than a few mentions in April 2020, discussion of vaccine passports did not take off until this year as vaccination rates have accelerated, but have largely died off since mid-April.
BBC News has mentioned vaccine passports the most, reflecting greater discussion of the topic in Europe, while in the US Fox News has mentioned it more than its peers.
In contrast, discussion of vaccine mandates picked up in November 2020 as the first efficacy reports suggested the vaccines worked well. Coverage peaked last month but has continued steadily.
CNN has mentioned vaccine mandates the most, followed by Fox News and MSNBC with nearly equal numbers of mentions and BBC News with slightly fewer mentions.