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Fauci says there is “no evidence” to support Nicki Minaj’s suggestion that COVID vaccine causes impotence


Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s foremost infectious disease expert, debunked a viral tweet from rapper Nicki Minaj that suggested the COVID-19 vaccine could cause reproductive problems. Minaj, who has more than 22 million Twitter followers, sparked controversy Monday for a series of tweets she posted about the COVID-19 vaccine before the Met Gala.

“They want you to get the Met’s shot,” the 38-year-old said wrote. “If I get the shot, it won’t be for the Met. It will be once I feel like I’ve done enough research. I’m working on it now. While waiting for my loves, be careful. Wear it. 2-string mask that grabs your head and face. Not so loose “

Her later clarified that she was skipping the gala because of her young child – who was born last September – and not because of the need for a vaccine. But Minaj posted another Tweeter about her cousin’s friend in Trinidad who allegedly suffered from impotence after receiving the jab, and it drew a wide response from fans and health officials.

In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Fauci was asked if the COVID vaccine could cause reproductive problems in men or women. Fauci replied, “The answer to that is a categorical no.”

Fauci says there is “no evidence” to support Nicki Minaj’s suggestion that COVID vaccine causes impotence
Nicki Minaj and Dr Anthony Fauci seen in this combo photo.

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“There is no evidence that this is happening, and there is no mechanical reason to imagine that it would happen,” he said.

Fauci appeared on the show to discuss vaccination efforts and spoke about vaccine skepticism in black and Hispanic communities, something he continues to attribute to misinformation.

“There is a lot of misinformation, mostly on social media, and the only way we know to counter misinformation and misinformation is to provide a lot of correct information,” Fauci said. “To basically 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also debunked the myth in a note posted to its website in August. “There is currently no evidence that vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men,” the guide says.

In her Twitter feed, Minaj continued to claim that she was not opposed to the vaccine and would most likely be vaccinated when she finished her research and was ready to go on tour.

“I know baby. A lot of countries won’t let people work without a vaccine,” she said. tweeted in response to a fan who claimed to have received a vaccine for work. “I would definitely recommend them to get the vaccine. They have to feed their families. I’m sure I will also be vaccinated because I have to go on tour etc.”

Minaj too rented fan who received the vaccine and felt no side effects: “It’s amazing baby. It’s the norm.”

More than 75.8% of adults in the United States have been partially vaccinated against COVID-19, and a total of 179.3 million people are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. But data shows African American and Hispanic communities are even less vaccinated, and therefore more likely to die from COVID-19, than their white counterparts, according to the CDC.

Fauci and other medical leaders are asking “trusted messengers,” including clergy, teachers, and politicians, to answer questions people in their communities have about the vaccine and, hopefully, to encourage them to get vaccinated.

“I think we are making progress,” Fauci said. “We are not where we want to be in terms of the number of African Americans and Hispanics vaccinated, but we are doing better than before.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Minaj said she had accepted an invitation to visit the White House.

“The White House invited me and I think it’s a step in the right direction,” she said tweeted. “Yes, I’m going. I’ll be dressed all in pink like Legally Blonde so they know I’m not kidding. I’ll ask questions on behalf of the people who laughed at the fact that they’re just human. #BallGate day 3. “

In a statement to CBS News, a White House official said: “As we have done with others, we offered a call to Nicki Minaj and one of our doctors to answer her questions about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. “

After Wednesday’s series of tweets, Minaj posted on her Instagram Stories that Twitter was limiting her ability to tweet.

“I’m in jail on Twitter, all of you,” Minaj wrote. “They didn’t like what I was saying over there on that block.”

A Twitter spokesperson told CBS News in a statement that Twitter “did not take any enforcement action” on Minaj’s account. The company suspended several large figures in the past for spreading misinformation about COVID-19.

As of Wednesday evening, Minaj’s account was still active.

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