The scientist also said that Minaj should “think twice” about spreading misinformation
Dr. Anthony Fauci has denied Nicki Minaj’s story that a family friend became impotent after being vaccinated against COVID-19.
Earlier this week, Minaj said she didn’t attend the 2021 Met Gala because attendees were required to be vaccinated. The rapper hasn’t been vaccinated yet, but said he was “once I think I’ve done enough research”.
She also said that her cousin in Trinidad “won’t get the vaccine because her friend got it and became impotent”.
“Her testicles are swollen. It was only a few weeks since her friend got married, now the girl has annulled the wedding. So just pray on it and make sure you’re comfortable with your decision, not fed up.
During an interview with Jake Tapper Leadership, Fauci was asked if there was any credibility to Minaj’s story.
“His answer, Jake, is a resounding no,” Fauci replied. “There is no evidence that this happens nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine it to be so.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Nicki Minaj’s false claim that COVID-19 vaccines cause fertility issues: “She should think twice about promoting information that really has no basis … a one-time anecdote Except, and that’s not what science is about.” pic.twitter.com/YXPZuQMs5s
— Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) September 14, 2021
The scientist was also asked how health officials can combat vaccine misinformation online, admitting it is “very difficult”.
“There is a lot of misinformation mostly on social media, and the only way to combat misinformation and misinformation is to provide lots of accurate information and essentially dismiss these types of claims, which may be innocent on their part. are,” he said. said.
“I’m not blaming him for anything, but he should think twice about promoting information that really has no basis, other than just a one-time anecdote, and that’s not what It’s about science.”
Fauci’s remarks follow similar criticisms made by UK Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty during a press conference yesterday (14 September).
“There are so many myths that fly around, some of which are plainly ridiculous and some of which are clearly just designed to scare. This just happens to be one of them,” he said.
Whitty said that “people who go around trying to discourage other people from getting a vaccine that could be life-saving or could save themselves from life-changing injuries”.
“Many of those people I’m sorry to know they’re pushing untruths but they still do. I think they should be ashamed.”