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Coronavirus vaccine: understanding trial results, roll-out and what happens next – an expert guide

Rob Reddick, The Conversation Coronavirus vaccines are being administered. Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was the first to finish the final stage of testing – known as phase 3 – and the full results have been published. Having assessed the data, countries are beginning to authorise this vaccine for public use and roll it out. Others are not too far behind. The …

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How to spot fake news – an expert’s guide for young people

from www.shutterstock.com Beth Hewitt, University of Salford Every time you go online, people are competing for your attention. Friends, strangers, businesses, political organisations, charities and news websites all serve up a constant stream of eye-catching pictures, videos and articles, wherever you might go looking for information – Google, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or YouTube. But in the race to catch …

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How to reduce the spread of fake news – by doing nothing

Shutterstock/fizkes Tom Buchanan, University of Westminster When we come across false information on social media, it is only natural to feel the need to call it out or argue with it. But my research suggests this might do more harm than good. It might seem counterintuitive, but the best way to react to fake news – and reduce its impact …

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