Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, has refuted a claim by rapper Nicki Minaj that the Covid-19 vaccine can make men impotent.
Fauci dismissed the claim as false when asked about it in an interview on Tuesday. CNN.
“There is no evidence that this is happening, and there is no mechanical reason to imagine that it would happen,” he said. “So the answer to your question is no. “
Fauci went on to talk about the dangers of vaccine misinformation.
“There is a lot of misinformation, mostly on social media, and the only way we know of to counter misinformation and disinformation is to provide a lot of correct information,” he said. “And basically to debunk those kinds of claims, which may be innocent of her. I don’t blame her for anything, but she should think twice before spreading information that really has no basis.”
The “Starships” rapper made a misstatement Monday in a series of tweets explaining why she skipped this year’s Met Gala. In an article, the rapper, who said she herself tested positive for Covid, told fans she didn’t want to put her baby in danger. Minaj and her husband, Kenneth Petty, welcomed their first child together last year.
She went to to say: “They want you to get the shot for the Met. If I get the shot, it won’t be for the Met. It will be after I’ve done enough research. Love, be safe. Wear the mask with it on. 2 strings that grab your head and face. Not so loose. “
In a third tweet, the rapper told a bizarre story about a friend of her cousin’s who received the vaccine “and became helpless.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says on its most recent immunization information page that there is “currently no evidence that vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women. women or men “.
Minaj’s tweets created a firestorm and elicited strong reactions from many leaders and officials.
“I’m not familiar with the work, or as familiar with the work of Nicki Minaj as I probably should be,” said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, adding that “vaccines are wonderful and everyone should have them. get”.
MSNBC host Joy Reid also criticized the Grammy-winning artist.
“You have 22 million followers on Twitter. For you to use your platform to encourage our community not to protect themselves and to save their lives, my God, sister, you can do better than that, ”said Reid.