The rap star explained her decision to not get the coronavirus vaccine, saying her cousin’s friend allegedly experienced reproductive issues after receiving the shot.
“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding,” Minaj stated.
CNN’s Jake Tapper questioned Fauci about the tweet, asking whether there is any evidence that vaccines approved for use in the U.S. could cause such problems.
“The answer to that, Jake, is a resounding no,” Fauci responded. “There’s no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen, so the answer to your question is no.”
“She should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis except a one-off antidote, and that’s not what science is all about,” Fauci added.
“The answer to that, Jake, is a resounding no” — asked about Nicki Minaj’s tweet regarding her cousin’s friend’s balls, Dr. Fauci says there’s no evidence the Covid vaccines cause reproductive issues pic.twitter.com/2wuqy14fDi
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 14, 2021
Tapper asked Fauci how difficult it is to combat misinformation that is espoused by popular celebrities such as Minaj, who has more than 22 million followers on Twitter alone.
Fauci said it is “very difficult” and that the only way to counter misinformation is to “provide a lot of correct information” and “debunk these kinds of claims.”
Minaj was heavily crit….