Google is placing ads next to health misinformation on conspiracy sites

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Ads for organizations such as One Medical and UNICEF are showing up on sites that publish fake information about COVID-19 and vaccines, helping those sites monetize their content—while making money for Google. Google’s programmatic ad tools AdSense and DoubleClick are placing ads on websites that publish health misinformation, according to reports from two independent research groups. Read Full Story

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Is the explosion of COVID-19 conspiracies changing people’s real-world behavior?

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More than 20 million people saw a video filled with lies about COVID-19. Researchers still don’t know how this kind of viral misinformation is impacting people’s willingness to wear masks—or to get an eventual vaccine. On Monday night, Breitbart News launched a video of a press conference from a group of physicians called America’s Frontline Doctors, wherein several doctors repeated inaccurate claims about COVID-19, its treatments, and effects. The video reached over 20 million viewers on Facebook alone before being taken down Tuesday. The fast spread of this video and its false claims raises a big question about how much this kind of information affects people’s decisions to stay home, wear a mask, and ultimately, to get vaccinated when a COVID-19 vaccine is approved. Read Full Story

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How to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine: Lessons from Amazon and Walmart

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Supply-chain ideas practiced by Amazon and Walmart can help reduce waste and minimize shortages of COVID-19 vaccines. The initial rollout of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has begun, and vaccines are shipping across the U.S. Demand for COVID-19 vaccines will outpace supply for the foreseeable future. Yet experts have warned that a substantial proportion of these highly perishable vaccines could go to waste if they are not being used before they expire. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 vaccine trials are being undermined by a lack of diversity

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To make sure a vaccine works for everyone, everyone needs to be in the trials. At least 10 COVID-19 vaccines are currently in the final phase of their trials, where the vaccine is given to thousands of people to test its safety and efficacy. But as the quest for a coronavirus vaccine continues, experts say there’s still an issue with how diverse these trials are, which could impact how effective a vaccine is for everyone. Read Full Story

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