Dr. Anthony Fauci may be a little tested over Nicki Minaj’s false claim that the COVID-19 vaccine can cause a man’s testicles to swell.
On Tuesday, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked the nation’s top expert in infectious diseases to respond to an anecdote Minaj shared on Twitter to explain why she has not been vaccinated yet.
Hip-hop entertainers tweeted Monday that she planned to get a coronavirus shot when she did more research, but then shared an anecdote allegedly from a cousin in Trinidad who claimed that his friend’s testicles had been swollen after receiving the vaccine.
Although many Twitter users chimed in to dispute Minaj’s insanity and false claim, Tapper decided to get Fauci to address it. But he also felt obligated to explain why he asked the doctor a question he knew was ridiculous.
“I would not normally even ask you about this, but Nicki Minaj has nearly 180 million followers on Twitter and Instagram combined,” Tapper noted, adding that vaccine opponents had used her dubious tweet as “some kind of proof.”
Tapper then asked Fauci if there were any signs that the vaccines were causing reproductive problems.
“The answer to that, Jake, is a resounding no,” Fauci said. There is no sign that this is happening, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen. So the answer to your question is no. ”
Fauci then pointed out how difficult it is for officials to counter misinformation and misinformation like Minajs while trying not to attack her.
“These allegations may be innocent on her part — I do not blame her for anything — but she should think twice about conveying information that really has no basis other than a one-time anecdote,” he said. “That’s not what science is about.”
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