Google is launching new vaccine data panels in its search outcomes to counter misinformation and educate folks about what’s accessible of their location, the corporate introduced at the moment. The panels are rolling out beginning in the UK, the place the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine is authorised and is being administered, and might be launched in additional international locations as native well being authorities start authorizing vaccines.
The panels embody data on every particular person vaccine, and purpose to deal with vaccine misinformation, and provides steerage about how, when, and the place folks can obtain the pictures. Google has used related data panels to share details about COVID-19 usually, in addition to the places of testing facilities.
Along with search outcomes, Google says it’s sharing related vaccine data through its COVID-19 panels on YouTube. These have been first launched in March to share details about the pandemic, and Google says they’ve been seen over 400 billion instances since. Google has additionally been cracking down on anti-vax content material on YouTube, and introduced in October that it could take away movies containing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. It now says it’s eliminated over 700,000 movies “associated to harmful or deceptive COVID-19 medical data.”
Lastly, Google has introduced it’s offering extra funds to assist well being authorities and the media present helpful details about vaccines and debunk misinformation. The corporate is offering an extra $15 million in advert grants to the World Well being Group to assist it promote well being initiatives, and it’s spending $1.5 million to assist fact-checking analysis and fund a COVID-19 Vaccine Media Hub, which is meant to be a useful resource for journalists to assist in giving them entry to scientific experience and analysis updates. It’s additionally funding analysis into tips on how to counteract vaccine misinformation.
In whole, Google says it has launched over 200 merchandise, options, and initiatives in response to the pandemic.