How are Covid-19 vaccines being covered on television news? The timeline below shows total mentions of vaccination across BBC News London, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News since the start of last year. Coverage surged in November 2020 when the first efficacy data was reported. Initially all four channels devoted roughly similar amounts of coverage to vaccines, but US channels quickly pivoted away, while BBC News maintained a much greater focus on them. All four channels began decreasing their coverage of vaccines towards the end of last month, before sharply pivoting back over the course of this month as the delta variant has spread across the world and there is an increasing urgency to worldwide vaccination efforts.
BBC News has mentioned vaccination the most over the course of the pandemic, followed closely by CNN, while Fox News has mentioned it just half as much.
Unlike the ebbs and flows of vaccination coverage on those four mainstream news channels, the timeline below shows mentions across business news channels Bloomberg, CNBC and Fox Business. Here coverage surges with the release of the efficacy data in November 2020 and slowly decreases almost linearly in the months since, though mentions have begun increasing this month across all three channels.
The timeline below shows mentions of the four major vaccines in use in the US and Europe, showing the initial focus on Pfizer and then Moderna, then Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca later on.