The hip-hop entertainer tweeted Monday that she deliberate to get a coronavirus shot as soon as she does extra analysis, however then shared an anecdote supposedly from a cousin in Trinidad who claimed that his good friend’s testicles had turn into swollen after getting the vaccine.
Though many Twitter customers chimed in to dispute Minaj’s ballsy ― and false ― claim, Tapper determined to get Fauci’s tackle it. However he additionally felt obliged to clarify why he was asking the physician a query that he knew was ridiculous.
“I wouldn’t usually even ask you about this, however Nicki Minaj has almost 180 million followers on Twitter and Instagram mixed,” Tapper famous, and added that vaccine opponents had used her questionable tweet as “some kind of proof.”
Tapper then requested Fauci if there was any proof that the vaccines brought on reproductive issues.
“The reply to that, Jake, is a convincing no,” Fauci mentioned. There’s no proof that it occurs, neither is there any mechanistic cause to think about that it might occur. So the reply to your query is not any.”
Fauci then identified how tough it’s for officers to counter misinformation and disinformation like Minaj’s whereas making an attempt to not assault her.
“These claims could also be harmless on her half — I’m not blaming her for something — however she needs to be pondering twice about propagating data that actually has no foundation besides a one-off anecdote,” he mentioned. “That’s not what science is all about.”
Up to now, Minaj hasn’t commented on Fauci’s feedback, however, according to Mediaite, she has gotten in Twitter wars with, amongst others, MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Meghan McCain and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
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