Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s prime infectious illness skilled, has debunked a viral tweet from rapper Nicki Minaj that recommended the COVID-19 vaccine may trigger reproductive points. Minaj, who has over 22 million Twitter followers, sparked controversy Monday for a collection of tweets she posted about the COVID-19 vaccine forward of the Met Gala.
“They want you to get vaccinated for the Met,” the 38-year-old wrote. “if I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one”
She later clarified that she was skipping the gala due to her younger baby — who was born final September — not due to the vaccine requirement. But Minaj posted one other tweet about her cousin’s pal in Trinidad who allegedly skilled impotency after getting the jab, and it prompted a large response from each followers and well being officers.
In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Fauci was requested if the COVID vaccine may trigger any reproductive points in males or ladies. Fauci replied, “The answer to that is a resounding no.”
“There’s no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen,” he stated.
Fauci appeared on the present to talk about vaccine efforts and was talking on vaccine skepticism in Black and Hispanic communities, one thing he continues to blame on misinformation.
“There’s a lot of misinformation, mostly on social media, and the only way we know to counter mis- and disinformation is to provide a lot of correct information,” Fauci stated. “To essentially debunk these kinds of claims, which may be innocent on her part. I’m not blaming her for anything, but she should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also debunked the myth in a memo posted to its web site in August. “There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men,” the steerage stated.
In her Twitter thread, Minaj continued to assert that she was not opposed to the vaccine and would almost definitely be vaccinated when she had accomplished extra analysis and was prepared to go on tour.
“I know babe. A lot of countries won’t let ppl work w/o the vaccine,” she tweeted in response to a fan who claimed they acquired a vaccine for work. “I’d def recommend they get the vaccine. They have to feed their families. I’m sure I’ll b vaccinated as well cuz I have to go on tour, etc.”
Minaj additionally praised a fan who obtained the vaccine and didn’t expertise any unintended effects: “That’s amazing babe. This is the norm.”
Over 75.8% of adults in the United States have been partially vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, and a complete of 179.3 million persons are totally vaccinated, in accordance to the CDC. But knowledge reveals African American and Hispanic communities are nonetheless much less vaccinated, and subsequently extra probably to die from COVID-19, than their White counterparts, in accordance to the CDC.
Fauci and different medical leaders are asking “trusted messengers,” together with clergy, lecturers, and politicians, to answer questions individuals of their communities have about the vaccine and hopefully encourage them to get vaccinated.
“I believe we are making progress,” Fauci stated. “We’re not where we want to be with regards to the number of African Americans and Hispanics vaccinated, but we’re doing better than we were before.”